I am a recovering East Coast academic (my dissertation was on the Franco-American film trade), now working as a freelance editor and living in San Francisco. I love ballet, books, and booze, but not necessarily in that order. My newfound passion is opera, preferably in either French or Italian. I’m an extreme completist and radical budgeter, and I never met a list I didn’t like.

Favorite posts…
in Art: @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz
in Books: Take Five: Best of the Books, My Life in Books series
in Dance: Ballet 101—Coppélia
in Film: Hitchcock I: Sound and Silence
in Food and Drink: Violets and Elderflowers
in Music: Berlioz and Being the Ball
in Opera: Opera 101—Inglourious Basterd

I also love hiking and landscape photography and have a goal of visiting all the National Parks in the U.S. For my writing on travel, check out Worth the Detour.

If you would like to contact me, send an email to slywit AT nospammail DOT net. No spam or negativity, please.

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