I was born in Windsor, Ontario, in June of 1967 – smack dab in the middle of The Summer of Love. I have three older brothers, each of whom excels in his chosen field: one is a painter, another works with metal and wood to create beautiful objects, and my oldest brother is an auto mechanic who raises that science to an art.
I attended Glenwood Public School, and went to high school at Massey. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Windsor. Shortly after graduation, I got my first writing job with a video games company in Oakville, writing back stories and designing what were then side-scrolling games. I’ve since written for newspapers, magazines, films, and online learning. I worked for a number of summers (and a few winters) as a window cleaner for my dad’s company. I’m currently writing a series of short stories that incorporate my memories of those days.
I’m pretty much disengaged from today’s popular culture, preferring instead (for example) the music that I grew up with as a teenager – bands like The Jam, Squeeze, and The Clash. I also like Ziggy-era Bowie, The Beatles, The Small Faces… Among my favourite writers are Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, Lynn Coady (Canadian!), Thomas Berger, and Evelyn Waugh.
I’m interested in lots of things, and this blog is a kind of warehouse for those interests. I don’t adhere to a formal definition of “culture”, but I do tend to exclude politics, religion, and current events.
I hope you’ll take the time to look around. If you don’t see something that catches your fancy, come back again and take another look. I update as often as I’m able. If there’s a subject that you’d like me to tackle, let me know. You can also e-mail me at email@example.com.