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My self-summary
Reader with classical tastes, writer of subversive provocations, French translator, folk musician, backpacker, tennis player, Zen practitioner and mild-mannered enemy of the state seeks magnanimous and intellectually alive companion to explore the tragicomedies of life and savor its ephemeral beauties.
What I’m doing with my life
Two main focuses are Zen practice and radical strategizing. Some people imagine that these pursuits are mutually contradictory, but I think they complement each other. I relish the challenges they present and relax with a variety of lighter activities -- folk music, tennis, hiking, chatting, joking . . .

From time to time I engage in some radical experiment designed to provoke people to think and act for themselves. Most of the time, however, I focus on more immediate positive possibilities -- fun things I can do and share with the people around me.

I'm curious and considerate, playful and analytical. Usually very grounded -- except sometimes when a woman knocks me off my feet! The thing I love most in life is the spark of encounter and the joy of sharing experiences.

My ideal match would have enough lucidity to be aware of the problems in the world and enough compassion to try to do something about them when feasible, but also enough innocence and wonder to focus mostly on the beauties of life. She would have radical sympathies, practice some form of meditation, and be at least moderately well-read. That's an ideal, not a requirement -- but if you are not into any of those things, we might not have much to talk about!
I’m really good at
giving full attention to whatever I'm doing and, when appropriate, devoting an immense amount of time to making it as perfect as possible.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm sometimes overly intense about things I'm enthused about, but otherwise pretty easygoing and funny.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Tao Te Ching, Don Quixote, The Tale of Genji, Homer, Shakespeare, Montaigne, Gibbon, Basho, Blake, Baudelaire, Thoreau, Whitman, Chekhov, Proust, Martin Buber, Henry Miller, Kenneth Rexroth, Gary Snyder . . . In lighter moods, Isaac Asimov's science essays, Jack Vance's science fiction, Rex Stout's mysteries, Barbara Pym's novels, P.G. Wodehouse's humorous fiction.

I rarely watch modern films, but enjoy reseeing certain classics: German and Russian silents, French films of the thirties (Pagnol, Vigo, Renoir, Carné, Clair), Japanese (Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Ozu), early American comics (Chaplin, Keaton, W.C. Fields, Marx Brothers), Carl Dreyer, Stan Brakhage, Alain Tanner.

I don't have a television and don't miss it. When visiting relatives I occasionally watch tennis or basketball or a few PBS programs.

I like classical music, jazz, classic rock, American folk music, Celtic tunes, Greek rebetika, Japanese taiko, and French café songs. I love to play folk music (guitar and fiddle) with friends, know hundreds of good old-time songs, and even sing a few French songs -- with an American accent that probably makes my French friends chuckle inside, though they are polite enough to show appreciation for my effort!

I'm omnivorous, but usually choose East Asian when eating out.
Six things I could never do without
. . . and a little Zaniness for good measure!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Projects that might contribute to bringing about a liberated (post-capitalist and post-statist) society. And how to connect most fully with whoever I'm with at the moment.
On a typical Friday night I am
Reading at home, or going to a classical or folk concert, or getting together with friends to play folk music or to discuss politics or literature.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Wouldn't you like to know!
You should message me if
you see some areas where we might be in tune. Let's see if we strike a chord!
The two of us