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My self-summary
Extroverted when out and about, I am comfortable, introspective and at peace with myself when alone. Life is at its best for me, though, when I'm laughing and happy with the people I love. I've traveled the world -- the greatest time was while on a one year break from the corporate grind -- I strapped on a backpack and trekked through Southeast Asia and India -- which is the most colorful, spiritual, chaotic, frustrating, enlightening, energizing, place of beauty on this earth. I've also spent a lot of time in France and England -- and am both a francophile and anglophile -- how about them apples?

Other interests/passions/obsessions -- Sushi, Bicycles, Almond Butter, Ginger Ice Cream, Dostoevsky, Kielowski's Decalogue, 3 a.m., Gogol Bordello, Graham Greene, the color Blue, red wine, the movie Red, any movie with Audrey Hepburn, Tottenham Hotspur, long walks to nowhere, the east village, east asia, southeast asia, Paris, the unknown. And I love this crazy city. And Brooklyn -- the true and only motherland! After 19 years in Manhattan I moved in 2013 to Brooklyn to a spectacular new apartment. I love everything Brooklyn. But I also love everything Manhattan. Really the only 2 places in the world worth living in! Working on living in both simultaneously . . .

Who would I like to date? Someone with a love of life who is a little mysterious. She is bright, funny and warm, not to mention free-spirited, gentle and compassionate. She doesn't take life too seriously -- and together we would stumble happily through this crazy jungle of the world in which we live.
What I’m doing with my life
Making it through! Living in style! Trying not to work so damn much . . .
I’m really good at
the English language test on this site. Also walking, walking around this city, talking, walking and talking at the same time, talking about movies, watching movies. Riding my bike. Figuring things out. Finding my way without a map. Finding my way with a map. Solving problems. Being analytical. Being intuitive. Having something to say. Not being bored. Or boring.
The first things people usually notice about me
my ethereal glow, my badassedness, the way I stand out in a crowd . . . or maybe my dorsal fin, or that I'm a dead ringer for Oprah Winfrey . . .
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Somewhat recent (and not so recent) favorites inlcude Sea of Poppies -- amazing epic of India; loved Joseph O'Neil's Netherland; favorites: Brothers Karamazov - greatest ever; Midnight's Children; Shantaram; Some Hope- St. Aubyn; truly demented and hilarious; The Half Brother - Read This Book!; Europe Central - Vollman -- fascinating, educational, perverted and breathless; anything and everything by Ian McEwan. And I've loved Jhumpa Lahiri ever since Interpreter of Maladies. Recently read Ian Frazier's Travels in Siberia -- a travelogue of just how screwed up Russia is (quite . . .) and the Finkler Question and Hilary Mantel's Bring up the Bodies (so much better than Wolf Hall); life wouldn't be complete without reading the Booker winner. I thought Freedom was fantastic; so much better than the Corrections. Loved, loved, loved Let the Great World Spin and his follow-up TransAtlantic. Recently finished Goldfinch. All the Light We Cannot See was a masterpiece . . .

I'm a big, big movie fan -- the old French and Japanese films, American movies from the 70s, not to mention Fletch. And how great was Sideways? Directors I love -- Bunuel, Bresson, Kurasawa, Kieslowski, Werner Herzog. Satyajit Ray was one hell of a great movie maker -- perhaps the films of the Apu Trilogy were the three greatest films ever made (not to mention the amazing Ravi Shankar soundtrack). Big fan of Errol Morris' documentaries. Lately I've been into both Turkish films - Head on, Climates (with the greatest sex scene bar none ever) and Romanian cinema -- Occident, The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. I love the old Woody Allen and have to say I thought that after a horrible midlife period his newer films made it -- Midnight in Paris was spectacular. Jasmine Blue was pretty solid as well -- how great an actress is Cate Blanchett? The Master was a phenomenal film -- Philip Seymour Hoffman's best role for sure -- and not even nominated! We miss you Philip. Barbara was a great little German film that's quite extraordinary. I do have a thing for Wes Anderson's films and ridiculously loved Grand Budapest Hotel. Last year's foreign films were amazing -- loved Leviathan -- a searing indictment of modern Russia and its gluttonous oligarchs -- and Ida (a small film on an orphaned nun learning of her Jewish birth in post-war Poland) was magnificent. Have recently loved Moonlight -- a tough hard look at the other America in Miami. And Toni Erdmann was genius -- not only scream at the screen funny but incredibly on point.

TV-wise, loved Billions. How much of a dick is Damian Lewis!! Really perfect. They cancelled Vinyl way too soon. The Wire was the best show ever, no questions asked. I don't have HBO/Showtime - so many of the shows I love I see only when I'm on the plane -- I watched almost all of (the now classics) Bored to Death, Californication and Weeds on the plane. Were they as good as I thought or does your mind get a little twisted at 35,000 feet? I'm a big fan also of BBC America -- I admit to loving Dr. Who and Sherlock . . .

Too much music to imagine! My iPhone is a big jumble. Lately, I've been on a big The National kick (how great is everything Brooklyn!) Also big in the rotation -- Cat Power. Milkymee. Andrew Bird, Keren Ann, Elysian Fields. Long time favorites -- Leonard Cohen, Portishead, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Van Morrison, The Clash, John Coltrane, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, The Fugees, The Smiths, Ravi Shankar.
Six things I could never do without
A sense of humor
BBC America
The weekend
New York City
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how to never work again!
Getting a perfect pair of sunglasses.
Buying a villa in the South of France.
Going back to India.
A good night's sleep.
How I can take so many taxi rides in this city and never have the same driver
A bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape
The meal I had last night at Del Posto
How great avocadoes are (and also, how is it that the plural can be s or es -- it's the great mystery of the English language)
On a typical Friday night I am
Recovering from the week and promising myself that I will never, ever work again.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That I filled this out truthfully . . .
You should message me if
you think the scourge of the world is boredom.
The two of us