From Minnesota by way of California, and have just returned to New York after a long hiatus. I have also lived in a few cities in Europe and Canada. I have spent at least a week on every continent and the places that influenced me most were Idaho, Kyoto, and Paris.
I try not to allow myself to be constrained by political, religious, or cultural lines. Hoping to find people who are similarly open to accompany the incumbent whispers from phantasms, fugues, and reveries.
A bunch of cosmopolitan experiences from my errant youth used to be listed here, but I decided it was a list that sounded arrogant and tragically missed the point. What's important is now: I fantasize about horseback riding across Mongolia, mining copper in the Congo, and experiencing India.
Trying not to become Pete Campbell, since I'm pretty sure there isn't a 12-step program for that.
Expanding my horizons
Arranging lists of items from shortest to longest
Film: The Usual Suspects, the Big Lebowski, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Forrest Gump, The Motorcycle Diaries, the Prestige, Requiem for a Dream, Dead Poets Society, horror done right (full list below).
TV: Currently working through The Good Wife and Sons of Anarchy--no spoilers please! Black Mirror (can't believe this didn't catch on sooner), GoT, House of Cards (both versions), the Walking Dead, West World.
Authors: Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Michel Houellebecq, Bret Easton Ellis, Murakami, David Foster Wallace, anything Hemingway or Classic Greek (rest of list below).
Music: Varied and all types. I tend to rate music based on composition rather than genre (examples from my top 5 Pandora stations can be found below).
Food: Italian, Thai, Japanese. I LOVE Mexican food, but really can't seem to find anything that compares to the Southwest.
I like seafood in general. My favorite flavors are avocados, tomatoes, artichokes, yams, chips and salsa, peanut butter, most things spicy
...though perhaps not on seafood.
- conversations in the summertime
- media (film and TV)
- A smartphone. Except when I'm trying to drop off the grid. I'll be free one day.
- Great food with old friends
- a good book
Travel and new cultures--I really want to go to Greece, the Baltics, and Croatia!
Becoming the person I set out to be, and hopefully my way
UPDATE: I did injure myself but it was worth it. Going back to hot yoga lol.
Out with friends
Talking on the phone
Staying in with wine, cheese, and catching up on dregs of DVR
For grad school, I decided I wasn't going to use American sports as a crutch for conversation, because not everyone can talk about sports. I always saw it as a weakness in men especially to overly rely on sports as a subject, since it basically meant they ran out of real things to say and were in effect excluding people from the conversation. So now I really suck at fantasy football.
I just started learning how to cook better stuff. Please let me know if you can help! ... or at least appreciate the unpretentious wording.
Bonus points if:
- you are athletic (you did sports in high school, college, or now) at least take care of your body. I'm currently injured, but I've been an athlete most of my life, and I have ambitions for my body beyond what it can currently do.
- you can introduce me to Margaret Atwood
- you can teach me banjo, Tango, Russian, the perfect béchamel , and/or the Sicilian Sveshnikov.
A great smile doesn't hurt either.
REST OF THE LISTS (in case you have a list fetish (or a Liszt fetish). I seem to get a lot of those.)
Full Film List: Metropolis, The Illusionist (Sylvain Chomet), Alamar, Fallen Angels (Wong Kar-Wai), Pi, The Fountain, Donnie Darko, The Red Curtain Trilogy, Waking Life, Before Midnight, In the Mood for Love, To End All Wars, Y tu mamá también, Slumdog Millionaire, Toy Story, Inception, The Pianist, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Rudo y Cursi, The Wedding Crashers, Batman: The Dark Knight, Boiler Room, Moon, As Good as It Gets, Fight Club, American Beauty, Ocean's Eleven (2001), The Cove, Snatch.
Above, when I said "horror done right"... I meant I'm not a huge fan of gory slashers (except American Psycho, which is technically a satire) or torture-porn (except the first Saw, which was more of a psychological thriller). I do appreciate the scarier episodes of the Twilight Zone, Hitchcock, Silence of the Lambs, and The Exorcist.
Fan of Alfred Hitchcock, Darren Aronofsky, Wong Kar-Wai, Christopher Nolan, and Baz Luhrman. Working through Tarkovsky
Other TV: the Wire, Breaking Bad, Curb your Enthusiasm, Stranger Things.
Sample Book List: Old Man and the Sea, Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, Brooklyn, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Catcher In The Rye, The Great Gatsby, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Tao Te Ching, The Will to Power, The Art of War, Ethan Frome, A Theory of Justice.
70s-80s. Def Leppard, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, Queen, Boston, Heart, Journey.
Indie/Alt rock. Arcade Fire, The Editors, The xx, Modest Mouse, The Killers, Interpol, Friendly Fires, Hot Chip, Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand
Electropop/House. Miike Snow, Chromeo, Daft Punk, Passion Pit, Crystal Castles, Swedish House Mafia, Whitest Boy Alive, Deadmau5, MGMT, David Guetta, Moby
Bluegrass/Folk/Blues. Union Station, Steeldrivers, Infamous Stringdusters, Mumford and Sons, Jeff Buckley, Sufjan Stevens, Peter and the Wolf, The Decemberists, B.B. King, Junior Kimbrough, Honeyboy Edwards, Albert King, Muddy Waters.
"Classical". Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Franz Liszt, Gustav Mahler, Franz Schubert, Bach.