“If I could write that way, I'd be lunching at the Algonquin.”
I am a senior software engineer at the University of Chicago, specializing in mobile and personal devices. Addison-Wesley is rushing (their word) my fifth book into a second printing.
At a singles event, the icebreaker was to hand around sheets for you to tell what you were doing in this or that year. I wrote:
Thanksgiving at TGI Fridays.
I am not simple. Humor me — read the whole thing:
I am a believing Christian. I did not vote for Rod Blagojevich. I don't believe civil society is indestructible. I believe in freedom of conscience — even for Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and god-bothering rednecks. I do not believe a free society can confine the right of self-defense to a select class of The King's Men.
My first girlfriend, born Congregationalist, took the mikvah at 19. I was proud of her. I am sure that humans come of millions of years of natural selection. I'm signed up for an after-school program to get junior-high girls into STEM. I transformed the housing system at my college because it didn't give women enough respect. I believe in birthright citizenship because Dred Scott still has me livid.
I laughed in relief when my daughter came out; I'd known for years. I never turned my back on her. We exchange dating advice.
You get to disagree with me, even on things we think are important. I want a woman, not a liberal/conservative/libertarian/[a]theist Stepford wife.
I'm sure that one way or another I've alienated many of my readers. That, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Write me if you're still here.