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My self-summary
Writer, musician, performer, activist, striving to live sustainably in an intentional community. I'd like to think that I have outgrown fear and Let Love Rule.

I'm the person at the party whose mission is to make sure there's enough food & drink out, that everyone is having a good time, picking up empties even if it's not my own party, yet who still makes time to mingle & dance.

I'm the person at the meeting who can take the best parts of everyone else's ideas and synthesize a master plan from them.

I open doors for strangers, whatever their race, sex, or physical ability. I'm always respectful to waitstaff, bartenders, retail clerks, etc.

Despite the handle, as far as I know, I am not Italian, but have wanted to be since my first visit to Firenze.

I get self-conscious about starting too many paragraphs with "I."
What I’m doing with my life
getting my novel published this spring; hanging with performance artists; spreading the gospel of co-op living; teaching teachers who teach teachers.
I’m really good at
answering questions like this truthfully without giving the impression of boasting. I do a lot of things moderately well, but my number one parlor trick is translating to or from Latin.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm often the only person in the room with nothing pierced or tattooed. These days that makes me a nonconformist.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: All types of literature from a variety of times and cultures, plus modern non-fiction mostly from progressive writers like Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky. Thomas Pynchon holds a special place in my heart where he hides from the media when he's in town. I'm in a meetup group that's taking turns reading Ulysses out loud. There are a lot of classic works that I've never taken the time to read, partly because everyone else already has.

Movies: Altman, Kubrick, Gilliam, Jarmusch, Lynch, Coen Bros., Hallström, Wenders, Almodóvar, Julie Taymor, Ang Lee; small-budget, character-driven comedies or dramas, sometimes in foreign languages, e.g. Amélie. I can watch almost anything with Johnny Depp or Winona Ryder. Lately, however, I haven't been spending much time watching flicks at all.

Shows: Live theatre & dance! I love my friends at Catastrophic Theatre, Freneticore, & Continuum Performance Art. I don't own a TV, don't really want one.

Music: Very eclectic tastes, from Baroque to hip-hop to world-beat. My Pandora mix covers some huge territory.
Beatle fan since pre-school; got into progressive/art rock in high school & never outgrew it, even through my punk years.
Oh, and '80s synth-pop? I invented that, by accident, but Joe Strummer has already forgiven me.
If you instantly recognize & passionately adore the musician pictured in my profile photo, then you & I will most likely click.

Food: South Indian, Thai, Middle Eastern, Tex-Mex, gourmet sandwiches (all vegetarian or vegan, thanx).
The six things I could never do without
Apart from the physiological necessities?

friends, good & plentiful
family, wise & wonderful
arts, fine & coarse
bicycle, with tools & accessories
the freedoms we still have, thanks to activists tirelessly defending them
bodies of water to jump into on a hot day
I spend a lot of time thinking about
...and doing: music, writing, soccer (, cycling, sustainable living, peace & justice
On a typical Friday night I am
trying to top the previous Friday night. I may go to a live show, participate in one, ride my bicycle with a few hundred friends, or try to catch up on sleep after a busy week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm an introvert, which people who have known me for years are often surprised to discover, because I'm a very outgoing introvert.
You should message me if
you love to laugh and welcome the challenge of a little complexity. In other words, you know the true meaning of "Still waters run deep."