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Okay, let’s see here. Like most bloggers, I’ll probably noodle with this thing once or twice and let it trail off into blogblivion, but until I do, here’s a bit about who I am and what I’ll probably post about.
As the title suggests, I’m a professor at a small college. My specialty is medieval literature. I’m 44 years old. My politics are best described as “small-l libertarian”; that is, I see government as a necessary evil, but both those words matter. This makes me rather unusual in academia, and particularly in the humanities. I’m also passionate about rock and roll — particularly garage and psychedelia, but anything loud and fast will get my attention.In keeping with that, I play drums, and have since I was a pre-teen.
I’m happily married to Mrs. Mondo, and the doting father of The Spawn of Mondo, a gifted teen girl who is into many of the same geekeries as her dad. My best friend, Maj. Mad Dog, is a lawyer in the U.S. military who is my complete opposite on political matters.
In addition to my professional reading, I spend lots of time reading genre fiction, especially noir/crimefic, 50s-60s sf, and fantasy of the same approximate vintage. At various points in my life, I’ve been a DJ, stand-up comic, bar band musician, teacher, magazine editor, music critic, architecture critic, advertising copywriter, tire and battery salesman, and convenience store janitor. I’ve been paid for all of these. I’ve also done other stuff for which I didn’t get paid, including the writing of 1.5 unpublished novels.
I spent my childhood south of the Ohio river, but really tend to think of myself as a native of Suburbia.
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