GeneralAnything in the realm of arts and ideas is generally up my street. Degrees are in theatre, English and philosophy.
MusicSeriously Retro music (old blues, Noel Coward, Cole Porter) has dominated my listening lately, since I'm writing a book with a World War II backstory. The hard rock of my youth remains close to my heart but -- with apologies to the many new music experts here -- I haven't kept up with recent developments. Your recommendations will be welcome.
MoviesAll-time faves include "The Americanization of Emily" (maybe the best anti-war film ever); "Chaplin" (for Downey's breathtaking performance); "Reds" (a masterwork made intensely rich by the "witness" material); "White Mischief" (delightfully perverse); and "Gone with the Wind" (well, I'm a Southern girl).
BooksMy "desert island" book would be the collected Shakespeare; no one has ever matched the musicality of his language. However, I wouldn't be very happy as a castaway, having traveled the world with about two tons of books -- heaviest on such English novelists as Iris Murdoch, Penelope Lively, Lawrence Durrell, Anthony Burgess and Don Thomas. For poetry, some rather sturdier American writers appeal: Whitman and Sandburg, of course; those powerful gals Plath, Sexton, Levertov and Wakowski; and many others including Stevens, Roethke and Patchen. Favorite playwrights, apart from Shakespeare, are Tennessee Williams, Tom Stoppard and my good friend in Denver, Edd Wells. In the non-fiction arena, I'm enchanted by Roberto Calasso's retelling of myths and Curzio Malaparte's masterworks of WWII journalism.
HeroesThere aren't many around to admire these days, are there? That said, I do confess glimmerings of pride in Cindy Sheehan and Salman Rushdie, both of whom have had the courage to stand against self-righteous tyrants. Our culture's present worship of "celebrities" makes me gag.
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About me:Since arriving here, at my cousin's repeated urging, I've made this my spot for taking a philosophical/political slant. In other realms, I write seriously (and at times not *that* seriously), alongside "day jobs" as a marketing consultant and antique jewelry dealer. All this is covered at my main glitzqueen website. If you go there, I particularly refer you to the literary index for poetry, fiction and a play.
Who I'd like to meet:Any friend of my talented and good-hearted cousin -- represented at myspace/cottonmouthtexas and myspace/Liles -- is likely to be a friend of mine. We're both into the arts and progressive politics (to such an extent that few other family members could stand us, until they finally came around, too). I led the way as a hippie chick in the days when freedom was a way of life, not an exhortation to war. Jeffrey's a bit younger, but far outdoing me in outrageousness. Bravo, Him. People I *wouldn't* like to meet include any remaining defenders of Shrub and His Thugs and/or those in the throes of fundamentalist religiosity.
- Status: Divorced
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- Orientation: Straight
- Body type: 5' 6" / Slim / Slender
- Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
- Zodiac Sign: Leo
- Children: Proud parent
- Smoke / Drink: Yes / Yes
- Education: Grad / professional school
- Occupation: Writer/Editor, Marketing Consultant, Jewelry Maven
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