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.
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 I rooted (always knowing it was in vain) for Grand Budapest Hotel in last year's Oscars. The nominated 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.
TV-wise, I'm loving right now the Americans and Gotta Call Saul. 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 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.
New York City
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)