I am a huge nerd--both in the abstract sense (my nerdiness is rather epic) and in the literal sense (6'4", 230 lbs). I recently finished my Master's Degree in English literature at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. I am currently a substitute teacher in northern Virginia. My favorite books include Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, Zadie Smith's White Teeth, Toni Morrison's Sula, James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Milton's Paradise Lost, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, anything Shakespeare, Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, anything by Nietzsche, short stories by John Cheever, Flannery O'Connor, and Charles W. Chesnutt, and so much more. I also dig philosophy (mostly continental--Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari; but some analytic and post-analytic too, mainly Wittgenstein); comic books (esp. X-men); extreme metal (mostly black metal); horror movies (French New Extremity is some of my favorite stuff).