My friend Andrew Shields tagged me in his blog: this means I am to write six random things about myself. The rules of the tagging, which Andrew posted, indicate that I should also tag people's blogs and get them to follow suit. It's like a blog chain letter or something. But I'll have to break the chain because I don't really have a list of bloggers to link to. And yet I'll try to keep with the spirit of the thing and post "six random things"... which reminds me of the lyrics to "My Favorite Things." These are a few of my randomest things?
1. May 8th was Thomas Pynchon's 71st birthday. I began reading Gravity's Rainbow (1973) in 1976 because a friend/teacher told me about it in 12th grade; I didn't finish my first reading of it until 1980. I started working on a ms. on Pynchon last spring/summer but haven't completed the GR chapter yet.
2. I have lived in four states in a sequence that happens to follow the order in which the states were admitted to the union: Delaware ("the 1st state") 20 years, Pennsylvania 4 years, New Jersey 5 years, Connecticut 14 years (almost), though between PA and NJ, I lived in DE again for 6 years.
3. The books in my personal library and the CDs I own are arranged in chronological order.
4. The cars I have driven are: 1 Honda Civic hatchback, 3 Honda Accord sedans, 1 Toyota Corolla. My favorite was the gray Honda Accord '87 which I drove a lot while commuting to college and throughout grad school and which died in '94 in CT after being backed into in a parking lot.
5. My earliest occupational dream was to draw comicbook heroes for Marvel Comics.
6. The first rock concert I ever attended was Jethro Tull at the Spectrum in Philadelphia in the winter of 1975 when I was in 10th grade.