About NewYorker_in_Sicily

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A born and raised Brooklynite (I like to stress that, as most natives shun being from Brooklyn – they are probably running away from a bitter past). A strange twist of fate brought me to live where my roots are – Sicily. I’ve been in Palermo for 6 years now and I can safely say that I have somewhat found my niche in the cosmos; though I sometimes miss NY terribly, for every one reason that I can find for moving back I can find a just-as-good one for staying put.

Besides teaching TEFL courses and other jobs inherent to bilingual skills, other near-future and far-future projects are writing an English grammar book tailored to the needs of the Italian learner and in a user-friendly manner, writing short stories and possibly a novel, taking a stab at screenwriting, and finding a job that would allow me to live between NY and Palermo (it’s a sacrosanct right to dream). Above all, what I want is peace of mind, which I get through writing. I am fortunate to have this exhaust valve that eases a lot of nastiness with every keystroke and I am also fortunate to have found this outlet that allows me to do so.

Location: Italy
Primary occupation: teacher/translator/interpreter
Dream occupation: dialog coach/writer/professor
Hometown: Brooklyn NY
Schools attended: Scuola d'Italia -NY, University of Palermo, Italy
I like: chocolate, being near nature, children, reading, dogs, music, a good laugh, a good conversation, travelling.
Favorite writers: Luigi Pirandello, Dorothy Parker, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Iris Murdoch, Ian McEwen, Oscar Wilde, Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Arthur Miller, Norman Mailer, Noam Chomsky
Favorite books: Tender Is The Night, The Manual of the Warrior of the Light (Paulo Coelho) Elegy for Iris (John Bayley), Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Portable Dorothy Parker
Favorite newspapers: Any good ones left?
Favorite magazines: Vanity Fair (US edition)
Favorite music: Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Duran Duran,Cousteau, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Frusciante's solo stuff, Gotan Project, Sarah Jane Morris, the Clash, 70's, 80's, et al...
Favorite movies: Animal House, Saturday Night Fever, Goodfellas, Summer of Sam, the Doors, anything by the Cohen brothers, Monsieur Ibrahim and The Flowers of the Coran
Favorite TV shows: The Simpsons, Nip/Tuck, The History Channel, Classic Vh1, Lou Dobbs...and..FOX News
Favorite teams: FC Inter, NY Rangers
Favorite quote: You have to have a lot of chaos within you to generate a dancing star - Nietzsche; Use your faults, use your defects, then you're going to be a star - Edith Piaf
Gender: Female
Religion: Catholic w/ issues
Political affiliations: Born-again, post-Bush Republican

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