Position: Graduate Student
I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where I was frequently exposed to wildlife (or what passes for wildlife in the Anthropocene) and vegetable gardens.
At Vanderbilt I studied Mathematics and Classics. I’ve always wanted to be bilingual in science and poetry, machine language and human language, numbers and words. It isn’t easy.
At Princeton I decided to study the ancient Greeks. Our internet-driven global information marketplace can learn something about life (human, non-human, pre-human, post-human) from the ancient Greeks, I’m convinced. We can learn about science from studying very early science; we can learn about fiction from studying very early fiction; we can learn about theater from studying very early theater; we can learn about religion from studying very early religion.
Living in New York City, as I have for the past three years, has more or less forced me to be thinking constantly about technology and theater. One of the fruits of this thinking is my dissertation, which reads Aristophanes’ Clouds, Birds, and Assemblywomen as science fiction. Another is my criticism for the blogazine Hyperallergic, in particular theater criticism produced in collaboration with performance artists AndrewAndrew. I’m trying in various ways to channel the theater scene’s innovative energy into academia and academia’s complex, wordy passions into the living theater scene.
Ultimately I hope to contribute to the emergence of a global eco-religion that will save us from our stupidity and make us joyful.