I have turned to the computers to solve a problem that once again, they themselves have created. I am giving online dating a shot. I miss the old days, when men and women met in the real world, and phone numbers were written on the backs of napkins.
I run marathons. I really do get a kick out of running, but it's a solitary meditative thing. I'm not one of those insane runners who get most of their meals in bar form and go on an on about running. I like meals in food form for a start.
I really delight in wit and humor. I grew up on a steady diet of the unique comedy that emanates from those blessed patrician socialists who run the BBC.
I grew up poor and went to work in construction when I was 13 as was usual for my family. It really taught me a thing or two about life and made me determined to get a good education. It also means I am really good with my hands. I know my way about a tool box, so if you need some plumbing or electrical work done, I work cheap.
Last year I began volunteering at the San Jose Public library ( I'm always afraid I will mistype Public as Pubic.... is it just me ? ). It's a program called "Partners in Reading". It rocks, so please check them out and give them money.
Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Joy Division, the three chord grunge music of my youth, 70s rock, Tom Waites, Yo Le Tengo, Pavement, Leonard Cohen, I love classical music and opera (it comes with being Italian), Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Edith Piaf, Sisters of Mercy, Air, The Cure, Billie Holiday, Charlotte and her creepy old man, the list goes on and on and on....
Let's just say I like all music created by original, intelligent, talented people.
I watch most of my TV shows online now. I love science documentaries, I make sure to catch every episode of the landmark BBC series Horizon.
Carl Sagan is one of my heroes, not just because he was a huge stoner who built interplanetary space probes. His show Cosmos changed my life. It made me feel for the first time that I could really understand so much of the universe and the nature of reality.
Adam Curtis documentaries are in my blood. He sees the world like I do.
I love movies. The original Solaris by Tarkovsky would rank as one of my favorites. But so would the MSTK rendition of the classic film "The Prince of Space". As Homer Simpson so aptly put it "I enjoy all the meats of our cultural stew". I am the kind of movie nerd who has read biographies of people like Kubrick and Eisenstien for fun.
I consume books rapaciously and piteously.
I have been on a non fiction kick for a little while. "Information" by Glieck is fascinating.
George Orwell knew a thing or two, such as the true nature of modern war, which seemed to lapse out of our collective memory given the events of the last decade. I have read everything by Joseph Conrad, a brilliant man of conscience whose mastery of the English language belied the fact that he did not learn it until he was 18. For sheer beauty of writing I like Yukio Mishima, even after translation it still rocks.
Neil Postman, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Kurt V., William S. B., Jose Saramago, Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, Roberston Davies, Spinoza, Voltaire, Carl "The Pill" Popper and his sparing partner Ludwig W., Bertrand Russel, Michel Houellebecq, Joan Dideon, Joseph Conrad, Graham Green, William Gibson, Philip Dick, Thomas Kuhn, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Camus, Leo Strauss, Noam Chomsky, J.G. Ballard, and so on.