Hi! I'm a Michigan transplant to Colorado, and I've noticed that this is pretty common! I got my BA at University of Michigan, my MA from the University of Colorado, and now I teach writing at the University of Colorado! I love it a ton!
I'm super social and outgoing. I'm pretty easy to distract and I do things on a whim about as often as make plans. This is probably hilariously obvious to everyone, even the undergrads I teach (at least they say as much on my RateMyProfessor haha)
I love old shit! I love talking about old shit! Teaching at CU has been one of the best experiences of my life! Being able to see some students realize just how cool the stuff I've devoted my life to is a really great experience!
Interesting fact: I used to be a math major. I remember translating Catullus and just thinking "I know that feeling." There are few times in life you feel you can complete someone's sentences, and when that person is 2000 years dead, you might as well go into it.
A favorite of mine, from Propertius 1.1
"...Then impious Love himself cast my arrogant eyes down and assailed my head, his foot on my neck, until he taught me to avoid the good girls, and to live with reckless abandon." (super loose translation)
In a general sense: Seeing how far I can push myself. I love trying new things and being a better Chris tomorrow than I was today. Boulder has been a great place for me to discover new interests and whatnot.
- Being great
- Making arguments about weird things ("allow me to explain to you why Bob Dylan only exists because of Horace," that sorta thing)
- Other things I'd have to be drunker to admit
"You are really good at words." Is something I've been told more than once. Feels good every time I hear it though
I think the works of Ovid are fucking brilliant. Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" holds a huge spot in my heart. "Journey Into the End of the Night" is another work I find myself having to reread on occasion.
I've honestly been reading a lot of comics recently. Just a new medium for me to explore and have fun with :-)
"The Living Wake"is essentially my worldview captured in one film. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" nearly makes me cry every time haha. "Wristcutters: A Love Story" is a beautiful and under-rated movie. I'd argue "Brick" is one of the most important films of the last 20 years. I also love cheesey 90's horror. I've seen "Event Horizon" more than I'd like to admit haha. I really like movies, a lot. You should see my shelves.
Elliott Smith is always appropriate in my eyes, any mood any day. As far as I'm concerned Sufjan Stevens is the Bob Dylan of our generation. If it's not Sufjan it is definitely Bill Callahan. I listen to music a lot, for more information/stalking check out my last.fm profile:
Rescue Me. Louie. Always Sunny. Doctor Who. Again, there are TONS of shows I love.
It's hard to beat a good White Russian. Johnny Walker Red is often nice though. I also love Gin and Ouzo
Something to figure out
Waking up to the sound/smell of rain
8PM-10PM: Getting drinks/food with friends at somewhere decent/not-too-pricey, perhaps the Sink? Somewhere on Pearl Street? No Name Bar?
10PM-sleep: Holding a mini-symposium with whomever cares to join in: "Let us discuss, my friends, the values of *INSERT EMOTION HERE* in a truly Epicurean manner"
Also, I am an undercover Junior Power Ranger. I have the card in my wallet and everything, but shhhh, don't let anyone know!