WHEN REQUIRED TO POST A PROFILE on the internet, I usually write, “Mystical liberal likes long walks alone at night in the dark in the city in the rain with an umbrella and a flask of 10-year-old Laphroaig.” While this bit of irony works for some readers, others want a little more in terms of personal background information.
Rather than regale you with tales of my professional career and the jobs I have held (more than I can remember), I’m just going to list things that I am (still!) passionate about. As each category could contain dozens of entries, I kept my selections down to one or two each.
If you came here from another one of my blogs, don’t worry—you will be taken right back to that blog when you close this page.
This article has been a part of this blog for several years. But I published it as a “page” instead of a “post” (it’s a WordPress thing), which meant that few people knew of it and even fewer read it.
Hopefully, this will change that . . .
Jennifer Garner in 2021 and more beautiful than ever! This photo appeared in the April 5, 2021, issue of People magazine.
These are a few of my favorite people
Favorite male singers
Favorite female singer
Beach Boys (1962-1972)
Rolling Stones (1963-forever)
Favorite fiction authors
Favorite non-fiction authors
Stephen Jay Gould
Tristan Tzara, Approximate Man 1
Favorite movie directors
Favorite cartoon character
Favorite costumed heroes
The Fantastic Four (Jack Kirby and Stan Lee)
Spiderman (Steve Ditko and Stan Lee)
Favorite costumeless heroes
Dr. Strange (Steve Ditko and Stan Lee)
Pipsqueak (Wally Wood)
The Spirit (Will Eisner)
Favorite aboveground comic books artists
Favorite underground comic artists
Favorite psychedelic poster artists
This art was done by Wally Wood for the cover of the 1979 edition of Robert Overstreet’s Comic Book Price Guide. It is an homage to the work that Wood did for the legendary EC comic books Weird Science and Weird Fantasy in the early ’50s.
These are a few of my favorite things
Elvis Presley, “Hound Dog” / “Don’t Be Cruel” (1956)
The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds (1966) 2
James Clavell, Tai-Pan (1966)
James Clavell, Shogun (1975)
Favorite old movies
King Kong (1933)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
Snow White And The Seven Dwarves (1937)
Favorite recent movies
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Dances With Wolves (1990)
Love Actually (2003)
Favorite television series
Star Trek (1966-1968)
Northern Exposure (1990-1995)
Firefly (2002-2003) 3
Favorite mixed drink
Tanqueray martini, stirred not shaken, straight up, with one olive squeezed into the drink then tossed over my left shoulder. 4
Favorite unmixed drink
Lysergic acid diethylamide
Favorite participatory sports
Favorite spectator sports
Favorite baseball team
Favorite baseball player
Pete Rose 5
Favorite ice cream
Tillamook Vanilla Bean
“It ain’t what you know that gets you into trouble—it’s what you know that just ain’t so.” 6
Favorite pithy sayings
“Life’s tough, then you die.”
“So it goes.”
Whenever I visit my home state of Pennsylvania, I immediately head to Old Forge for pizza at Arcaro & Genell’s restaurant. If there is a better pizza anywhere, I have yet to taste it.
These are a few personal background details
I am in a long-term, committed relationship with a woman who hates seeing her name on the internet. 7
Footnotes on my blog posts. 8
I am a pizza snob who believes that Old Forge, Pennsylvania, is the Pizza Capital of the World.
I love cats in all shapes, sizes, and demeanors.
I hate f*cking bullies! 9
This is the original artwork by Wally Wood that was used for the cover of the 1979 edition of The Comic Book Price Guide by Robert Overstreet (above).
1 The Mary Ann Caws translation of 1973.
2 But there are a number of albums that could be considered a close second. This includes but is certainly not limited to Blonde On Blonde (1966), Younger Than Yesterday (1967), Music From Big Pink and Beggars Banquet (1968), From Elvis In Memphis and Arthur (1969), and Sunflower (1970).
3 Since we started binge-watching television series on DVD a few years ago, I could add so, so many more titles—but won’t.
4 That’s a martini made the old-fashioned way: four-parts-gin-to-one-part-vermouth, not the modern 20-1 mix.
5 Because as a Phillies fan I credit Rose with their first World Championship in 1980 to Rose.
6 There are many variations on this observation but this is the one I heard first and it’s the one I like best. While it is often attributed to Mark Twain, “scholars at the Center for Mark Twain Studies of Elmira College have found no substantive evidence supporting the ascription to Mark Twain.” (Quote Investigator)
7 I would love to regale you with tales of my conquests, my loves, my losses—but that same internet-hating woman would have what’s left of my balls pickled in a jar on the mantle if I did.
8 Like these.
9 All bullies: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and in this country, political and economic bullies.