Current Status

My life is my own.

Recent Experiments

Dance

Dance

Dance has been one of the experiments I keep returning to. I started ballroom in October 2012 at the Ballroom on Broadway (not New York) with the amazing Shelby Jafari as my instructor. It’s still the gold standard for me. I’ve continued lessons with Simone Assboeck of Dance Together NYC, and a bit at the… more

New York

New York

New York was one of my biggest experiments. It has passed that stage, of course, into a stunning success. I deeply love it here. The initial excitement has given way after almost 2 years to a steady burn. So here are the things that I studied, acted on, and have had confirmed. Culture: It’s still… more

Landmark Education

Landmark Education

Landmark was truly helpful for me. It’s an educational program about distinctions, such as the distinction between what we say about a thing and what the thing is. There are a lot of similar courses and programs – Carnegie education and so on. Landmark was exactly right for me. It was doable financially, and it… more

Recent Travel

Grand Tetons

Grand Tetons

Went to the Grand Tetons, to the Elk Refuge and for some wildlife spotting. Took a skiing lesson and decided it’s not my sport. Wined and dined at various Jackson Hole, Wyoming Restaurants. Altitude sickness set in over time, so was glad to get back to sea level! more

Toronto

Toronto

Toronto was nice. The smoked meat at Caplansky’s after the Nativity Fast was great, and seeing Kim’s Convenience was a great way to spend a holiday. I also got a Canadian made suit and sport coat that’s just right for me at Tom’s Place in Kensington Market. Tom is a wheeler dealer – you come… more

Boston (August 2014)

Boston (August 2014)

I only spent a day in Boston. It was a childhood wish of mine to live there, as a fan of The Paper Chase and other Boston-based television. I was always drawn to the atmosphere of learning, law, and arts. I’m glad I settled on New York, but Boston still holds much more to explore,… more

Recent Film

Berkshire Film Festival 2015

Berkshire Film Festival 2015

Back to the Berkshires again. This time it was camping and the film festival – a good mix. John Andrews restaurant was nice, if a bit salty. more

White God – IFC

White God – IFC

This is a fantasy about dogs rising up against a society that treats them callously, neglectfully, and abusively. As such, you might expect it to be heroic, even if you’ve already seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011). It doesn’t feel heroic, though. It feels like a cross between Milo and Otis and… more

Recent Theater

The Woodsman (Off Broadway)

The Woodsman (Off Broadway)

This is the way I want to see theatre. Like My Name is Asher Lev (Westside Theatre), and Let the Right One In (St. Anne’s Warehouse), it’s an intimate setting (I was on 2nd row, center, so superbly so), but the production is intimate too. In fact, the witch that shot out over the audience… more

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof

Saw Fiddler at Broadway Theater. Seats were crazy-cramped, of course, and the music is feeling a bit tired, but it was good to finally see it all the way through. It’s theater. more

Kim’s Convenience

Kim’s Convenience

Saw this in Toronto, at the Young Center for the Performing Arts, and it was a riot. Mr. Kim’s accent was a bit too exaggerated to be authentic, but it’s forgivable. The theme is American children of immigrants and how they adapt to the culture, adopt it, and differ from their parents. In that sense, it’s a… more