A little about the blog…
You won’t find much consistency in topic or theme on this blog; instead, I’ll entertain you with the occasional commentary on politics, culture, and history, and share with you some obscure music — particularly from the late ’60s and ’70s. I’ll also provide a general appreciation of the funny blips in our recent times that perhaps say more about our culture than we’d like to admit. Like O.J. Simpson in an ad for Hertz. Go O.J., go! The views expressed on this blog are my own and do not represent those of my employers, friends, family, or goldfish.
A little about me…
I currently am communications coordinator in Columbia University’s Department of Epidemiology and am a freelance writer and editor for Fedwise, a financial literacy project.
Before my current position, I worked at Law360, covering lawsuits, policy changes, and other legal matters that impact businesses. I frequently wrote about suits between financial firms, new environmental regulations, labor and employment lawsuits, and the business of corporate law firms. I graduated in May 2009 with a masters in science from Columbia School of Journalism. The following summer, I reported about charter schools as a fellow for a multimedia web project called News 21.
Before that, I worked for the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection on cases and regulatory matters that included identity theft, green marketing, and subprime mortgage servicing.
I studied European and American History at Northwestern University and graduated in 2006.
As that background suggests, I am kind of a jack of many disciplines and a master of none. My interests are American history, writing, psychology, politics, education, and law. If someone figures out a way to combine these things into a career path, please let me know!
In my free time, I like to listen to R&B/Soul titles from the 1970s, swim, bike ride and jog in Prospect Park, cook, follow politics, and read American history. I have a long-held and inexplicable interest in the 1970s and the Nixon administration.
Favorite history books include From Dawn to Decadence, Nixonland, Crabgrass Frontier, and The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Politics, and Society. Favorite “primary texts,” as an historian would say, include Helter Skelter, Invisible Man, and You Can’t Go Home Again.
A little about the blog title…
In 1992, Admiral James Stockdale, the running mate of Presidential aspirant and billionaire Ross Perot said the following during the Vice Presidential debate between himself, Democrat Al Gore, and Republican Dan Quayle:
Who am I? Why am I here?
(Laughter and applause)
I’m not a politician — everybody knows that. So don’t expect me to use the language of the Washington insider. Thirty-seven years in the Navy, and only one of them up there in Washington. And now I’m an academic.
In Stockdale’s vein, my blog does not use the language of the Washington insider but rather the introspective, crazy old man.