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A Brief Introduction
Welcome to my world!
I have been living in the digital age most of my life, certainly in my formative years, and yet I often feel like a stranger in a strange land. While there are many advantages to living in the digital age (being able to write this to a worldwide audience, for example!), one of the disadvantages is having to brand yourself, to summarize your brand and your existence in, up until recently, 180 characters, or under a minute videos on TikTok. Lots has been written about why this bad for society, and for the attention spans of particularly young people, and I’m sure that’s accurate, but one of the most difficult things for me about the internet is the need to summarize and cement your brand – to be the Person Who Does the Thing. Everyone has their specialty, and I’m no exception, but I’m actually deeply interested in quite a few things.
I got a PhD in 19th century vampire literature, so I’m interested in that. I’ve spent the last decade writing Fanfiction about Batman’s Rogues Gallery, so I’m interested in that. I’m interested in Disney movies, and horror films of the 1950s and 60s. I’m interested in stars of the past, and Gothic literature. I’m interested in old radio dramas and violent periods of history, the French Revolution and the witch trials. I’m interested in how the culture war touches everything in the modern day, and the abysmal state of the modern university, where I currently work. I’m interested in art and literature, poetry and prose, and examining those things not from a modern political perspective, but from a historical perspective rooted in the contemporary context. I’m interested in what is true, even though it might be fictitious, and what is false, even though it might be presented as truth. If any or all of these ramblings sound interesting to you, welcome! I will strive not to disappoint!
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