I am a recovering humanities nerd, a former English major who exclusively pursued unmarketable knowledge until the day I applied to law school. That decision–law school–felt like giving up on becoming a writer, but it was the culmination of an honest assessment of what I lacked. A wealthy patron, for example. Now a young trial attorney with student loans and a mortgage, I read and write endless reams of arid legal prose and the occasional ribbon of literary fiction or poetry.
I feel strongly and conflicted about blogging: I am wary of its tendency to the superficial, repetitive, narcissistic, ephemeral, and inconsequential. And time invested elsewhere (family, church, work) yields better returns. But for me, media consumption is both inevitable and a zero sum game–I read or watch or listen to things everyday, and my time spent doing so is limited. My point: I don’t want blogging to displace more thoughtfully and carefully composed media; on the contrary, I want it to facilitate the reading and savoring of good books. This is why I most value the bloggernacle. It has given me a bloated reading list while uncovering to me a small universe of very smart Mormons, people who inspire me to learn more in general and particularly about my own religion, a subject much richer than I once thought.
Anyway, I have followed and admired A Motley Vision for most of its life and am delighted to join its ranks. I hope to post on Mormon literature old and new. I am also keenly interested in non-literary Mormon culture, art, and music and will probably abuse this forum to venture opinions even where I am entirely unqualified.