I've spent much of the last ten years in a graduate school
cultural vacuum and have just returned to the land of indie
music and urban life. So, you might say that I have a very "fresh"
perspective on all things cultural. On the other hand, I actually
live in smalltown Alabama, so my perspective is inherently geographically
skewed. But then, I've always been a person out of time and
space; here are a just a few of my funky life-ironies: I am
an English professor, but I study computers, not literature.
I was engaged for five years but never married. I was born in
Germany, but I'm actually Swiss. And, like many Southerners,
I am a classic preacher's kid -- but my dad is a Catholic priest,
not a Baptist minister.
So, you might say my tastes are eclectic, if not contradictory.
I am a Ph.D. in my 30s and still a card-carrying member of the
R.E.M. Fan Club. I saw them first in high school on the Pageant
Tour and have seen them just about every tour since. Indeed,
as the Resident REMhead Minion, I even coerced a couple other
minions to follow the band through the Midwest on the Monster
tour. Recently, I have been helping some young artists organize
an exhibition of artwork inspired by R.E.M. The exhibit, entitled,
"Inspired" will open in May at Aurum Studios in Athens, GA and
run through the month of June. (For more info, check out the
I have started following some indie music since my return from
the socio-cultural wasteland. Right now, I think you'd describe
my tastes as "roots" and/or "garage" rock, though I have been
known to listen to more esoteric music on occasion. I was also
into Southern country-folk back in the '80s before it was "cool"
and even went square dancing while in college. Right now, my
local favorites include ,
And, I've been really into Patsy Cline lately, but she's neither
current nor local...
I may write a film or TV review from time to time, but I am
often creatively incompetent, or at least lazy. Like other typical
Coen Brothers film fans, I get bored with most mainstream movie
garbage but will tolerate light movies with fabulous costuming
and good music, like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and of
course, John Hughes films. On the TV side, I've seen every episode
of Trading Spaces, but I hate decorating, and in fact, have
no decorations on my own plain white walls. My television tastes
include politics-as-sport-and-entertainment (i.e., The West
Wing and C-SPAN) and only certain cop dramas, especially the
first few years of Law and Order. That was a bit of a grad school
obsession, I'll admit-I can recognize and summarize any episode
with Chris Noth in the first fifteen seconds. Sadly, the recent
Law and Order spinoff series really suck. But, then, we all
have our funky ironies...