I was at a cafe eavesdropping on a young woman interviewing a man for a sociology project about skateboarding. The guy kept up a continuous stream of chatter about everything skateboard-related: Tony Hawk, the Tony Hawk video game, skate culture, skate apparel, skate history, skate communities in big cities versus small towns, the influx of girls learning how to skate, the difference between a backside-pop shuv it and a frontside-pop shuv it (I couldn’t get the visual, but thought telling someone to “put that in your back-side pop and shuv it” might make for a confusing and effective insult to have handy). As she wrapped up their conversation, I heard him say “If there’s anything else you need or have any other questions, give me a shout. I really give a shit about skating on a regular basis.”
And I thought, hello life wisdom. I’m a writer from Boston. I really give a shit about writing (natch), but also about Boston, Feminism, music, and humor on a regular basis. I have a PhD and tried on the academic life for a number of years, but the collar was itchy and one sleeve was shorter than the other so I packed it away with my Billy Joel concert tee-shirts and ugly prom dress. I’ve worked for non-profits and currently do a variety of creative work in music PR and writing. I am represented by Full Circle Literary.