Just a chance to get to know me a little.
I was born at a very early age, so I don't remember many details. By the time meaningful memories kick in, I was being raised in Columbus, Ohioa nice town to be from but not such a great one to remain in. Suffice it to say that by the time I had a diploma in hand, I was more than ready to live in city that people had heard of, and in many ways my life started fresh when I matriculated at the University of Chicago. The schools great and deserves its top-notch reputationbut all in all my horizons were expanded even more by the people I met and the city around us than by the classes I attended. Even now, Id still have to say it was the best four years of my life.
I returned to Ohio for law school at Case Western Reserve University; no disrespect to the people I met there, but if youve never lived in Cleveland, well, youre not missing anything. I returned to Chicago the day I graduated, and havent looked back. And although Ive been online since 1994, I must be a lazy bastard, because I didnt get a site of my own up and running until 2002.
After several years ensconced in the Windy City, I've recently taken a new turn, heading to Bloomington, Indiana to study public policy at IU. My career has taken some unexpected twists and turns, and good friends have come and gone, but hopefully I'm on the right track.
So thats the biographical rough sketch. Doesn't really tell you what I'm about, though, does it? (But hey: thats what the rest of the site is for.) Im an insatiable reader and an unapologetic intellectual, but Im not a snob about it: history, philosophy, and other edifying stuff notwithstanding, I also enjoy escapism and pop culture as much as the next person, and my oldest and most passionate hobby (more than a quarter-century now) is collecting comic books.
I've also been politically active from time to time, fighting the ongoing battle against creeping fascism (and, more personally, against burnout and disillusionment). My own views are resolutely annoying to traditional partisan types, informed by principles ranging from the libertarian to the socialist, all feeding a deep concern for social justice.
I believe in honesty, free speech, and open communication. I want to be valued for the things I value in myself. And Im positive that putting our rational minds to work on the world around us, and sharing the results with one another, can only make life better in the long run.
Which is why this site is here, really. Check out the rest of it, already! And if you want to send any feedback my way, Ill welcome it. Just click here.