"I am a sick man... I am a wicked man... Not just wicked, no, I never even managed to become anything: neither wicked nor good, neither a scoundrel nor an honest man, neither a hero nor an insect." - Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground
I am a writer and budding academic based in the St. Louis area. Currently I am pursuing a PhD in Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, specializing in 20th Century British and American Literature. My particular focus is on the intersection of philosophy, religion, and literature, and I hope to focus my dissertation (when I get there) on the resonance of Kierkegaardian philosophy with 20th Century Catholic fiction. I have a strong secondary interest in film and media studies, especially comedy films.
I earned a BA summa cum laude from The University of Tulsa in 2008, majoring in Philosophy. My senior thesis explored changing notions of genius, with a focus on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Mystery Science Theater 3000 (if that tells you anything). After college I taught history and humanities for five years at a charter liberal arts high school in Tulsa, where I tortured students with my bad puns.
In my spare time I write about culture in various places, mainly here. From September 2014 to December 2015, I was the film critic for the Columbia Daily Tribune newspaper in Columbia, MO. My work has appeared on websites such as The A.V. Club, Books & Culture, The Week, and Paste. I have also done a great deal of work, both in print and online, with Oklahoma Magazine. My primary focus in broader criticism has been on film, but I have also written on television, literature, music, and even food.
In my even more spare time, I enjoy plunking away at the cello (I've played for over two decades), reading for pleasure, typing away haphazardly at my long suffering novel-in-progress, playing and watching basketball, drinking fine beer, scotch, and bourbon, and most importantly spending time with friends and my wife and three kids. I also have a cat, but we don't talk about him (he's the worst).