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- Oct 9, 2006
- Real Name
- Glenn Becker
- About My Library
I suppose it's like anyone's: it's constantly evolving, though there is a more or less 'solid' core of things that never leave (except for the 'ones that got away', like that one-volume OED, alas!); it's probably too large; it dominates my living space; it tells me to do ... weird things; an oblong shard of it takes the place of a lover in my bed; and now I've told you too much about it and it's saying I have to kill you ...
- About Me
One day, I will write a book about failure. It will be a great success, because of course I will only be able to fail at failing.
I have been many things, but have always stopped (or been stopped? you decide) short of being whatever it was I was "supposed to" have been -- if there really is such a thing. As a child I really wanted to be an astronaut*, or the next Edgar Allan Poe. I eventually revved up toward what might have been a career in physical science before being derailed by theater (wow -- suddenly girls acted like they liked me! the most addictive drug ever, it led me on through three degrees). Once I had graduated with a Ph.D. I suppose I should have wound up an academic -- but despite an early, pre-dissertation appointment at a SUNY school, that failed to gel, and my first divorce kinda sealed the derailment.
And so my version of a career has mostly consisted of relatively uninteresting jobs in IT. The last, most interesting-sounding and longest-lasting of these has been with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (the Smithsonian side of the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard and Smithsonian in Cambridge, MA), where I have been since early 2008. I work with data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory ... sounds cool, doesn't it?
Married and divorced twice. No children, thank ... well, thank everything. My second ex, a published author, is my best friend. I have a lovely black cat named Oort Cloud. At the age of 60 I took up playing the piano. And now I'm just throwing things around, so I will stop.
* Even I have to admit I would have been the shittiest astronaut ever. As a child I was afraid of almost everything, the adult residue of which is called "anxiety" ... if I was petrified of getting on the wrong bus, immobilized by terror at getting up in front of my classmates to speak, how well would I have dealt with being in an environment of almost constant danger and need for split-second judgment? Sheesh.
- Arlington, MA
- Currently Reading
- Democracy In America: And Two Essays On America by Alexis; Translated by Bevan Tocqueville, Gerald B.; With an Introduction and Notes by Kramnick, Isaac De
- Favorite Authors
- Robert Aickman, Aristotle, Samuel Beckett, John M. Bennett, Peter Brown, John Cage, T. J. Clark, Joseph Conrad, Daniel Defoe, Clayton Eshleman, William Faulkner, W. K. C. Guthrie, William Hope Hodgson, James B. Kaler, Harry Stephen Keeler, Serge Lang, Stanisław Lem, Jackson Mac Low, Hilary Mantel, Per Nørgård, Fernando Pessoa, Siobhan Roberts, Gershom Scholem, Bert O. States
- Interesting Library