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My self-summary
Always had passions in my life, for politics and theatre, for words, for broadcast journalism, for silence and cleverness, for cast recordings and vocalists, for morning in the mountains; for folks with a sense for irony and empathy, who struggle to figure it all out and find the process itself the most interesting part.

But enough of what I have to say. I decided to find out what others might say about me. Here goes, unexpurgated and unvarnished:
"He is the best listener I know, genuinely interested, curious, questioning - and he remembers what you say. I love to talk with him about politics, theatre, people, really just about anything because what he says is thoughtful, original, informed, perceptive. And he's never, ever boring. He's funny - very funny (and he appreciates that you're funny), sharp and smart, sweet and kind, generous, loving, warm and human."

"He balances a soulful nature with intellectual rigor. His sense of humor and compassion are prized, as is his ability to bring out the best in those he cares about."
I’m really good at
putting words together; questioning myself; listening and expressing support; thinking critically (ain't a Virgo for nothing)
The first things people usually notice about me
My eyeglasses. Someone recently said I have a "consistent look," which was meant as a compliment, I think - like Maria Callas in Master Class...only not nearly so grand.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Recently read a book I devoured called Double Life, about a male couple who have been together for over 50 years, starting in New York in the '50's. Tales and photos of mid-century New York life and lore are a big draw for me.

The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, All The President's Men, Moonstruck, Whiplash, and recently Spotlight and Brooklyn; there's Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Homeland, Transparent! Still intend to catch up with The Wire.

Read The New Yorker and The Times (in some form or other) religiously; Rachel Maddow, blogs, podcasts; Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.

Musical voices that sound lived-in: Cook, Carroll, Kiley, Clooney, and Cleo, to name a few. Or those that sound like great trumpets: Merman, Morrow, Johnson. Or the trumpets and brass themselves, especially in a great Jule Styne overture.
Six things I could never do without
Music, especially listening in my car while driving upstate, or while cooking on the weekend;
My iWhatnots - keeping me connected to the world;
the ability to get away from the city most weekends, and the ability to come back;
sleep and solitude, walks, and work.
chocolate in various forms, and blueberries
spring and summer and long days
On a typical Friday night I am
Might be at my house upstate or driving up there. Experiencing the silence and smelling the country air is heaven.
The two of us