Academic. Writer. Spooky House Enthusiast.
I like to think of my work as being governed by two mottoes, both quotes from the great artist M. C. Escher.
MOTTO #1: “We adore chaos because we love to produce order.”
This is the driving force behind my academic work. I deal in American literature and popular culture from 1945 to the present and work on topics that cut across the following fields: game studies, comics studies, narrative theory, visual culture studies, and trauma theory. At present my central research question pertains to the way architecture is used throughout American narratives (novels, comics, video games) to facilitate or even produce feelings of negative affect (ranging from the mild annoyance of temporary confusion to the lasting imprint of trauma).
MOTTO #2: “At moments of great enthusiasm it seems to me that no one in the world has ever made something this beautiful and important.”
This quote, on the other hand, is the one I tend to have in mind when I take on freelancing work. Every project is an opportunity for me to learn something new, and I relish those opportunities. I specialize in proofreading and copyediting both academic and non-academic documents.