7) What are your hobbies or outside interests?

Mar 27, 2014

I enjoy studying fashion history and going to vintage shows, and I love vintage jewelry.

I love to read and I’m forever buying books. I read a great deal about the new frontiers of brain chemistry and the implications of technology thereof. I am both fascinated and disturbed by such questions as: What will it do to children’s brains if we stop teaching handwriting? And: What impact will the ubiquity of email and texting have on the ability of younger generations to read non-verbal cues and pick up on emotional nuance, particularly in voice?

I also read a great deal about Jewish mysticism, especially from the Chasidic perspective, and about spirituality in general and the ways in which the mystical strains of different religions have so many similarities. I read mostly to study, and my so-called hobbies and my work definitely overlap. In my reading and writing I explore questions about the path of the soul and what it means to have a personal relationship with G-d, to sense the Divine in the everyday.

I am fascinated by the intersection of Jungian psychology, alchemy and mysticism. I have also been intrigued, ever since my days of teaching Shakespeare in high school, by the occult and mystical strains in Shakespeare’s works and in Renaissance thought, and the gradual shift of the medieval mind into the modern one.

And, of course, I love to read poetry.

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