adding to the conversation
The site started—and has stayed—as nothing more or less than a personal website. A blog, record, portfolio of essays (mainly) that I have written over the years. Some essays from school, some essays "for fun," and some more creative works.
From the tiny travel blog I created during a year-abroad program, AMW is now a fully functioning website, a young constellation of files on someone else's computer.
How fast the little ones grow.
I am a US-American, therefore beholden to the historical specifics that characterize the early twenty-first century hegemon. Despite the provincialness of my birth, however, it is my aim to, like Daniel Deronda, "rid myself of a purely [American] view in my studies." I am furthermore a white male, cisgender, and owe a debt to all of the [feminist, racial, queer] theorists who have helped me see the cultural baggage of experience that that confers. I do not feel able to claim other identities as my own, but I stand in support of greater tolerance, fluidity, and a removal of structural and experiential barriers between identities both "read" (i.e. racial) and "elected" (i.e. political queerness).
That is, I position myself largely within the "postmodern" or poststructural schools of thought, with a commitment to understanding how the world is, and to creating a better, more human one. I, being a good millenial, am uncomfortable with labels; but acknowledge the futulity of refusing labels, even epithets, from readers.
There are a great many things at which I am an avid, if amateur, practitioner—an aspirational polymath. Not even a Jack, but perhaps a Page of All Trades.
The site can thus cover any topic which interests me:
All written views and opinions are those of me, the sole author unless explicitly noted. This does not mean the site contains only opinon. I try and provide sources for many works, essays, and arguments that I make. The world may be illusory, but we nonetheless hallucinate it together. The level of specificity will depend on such easily measured factors such as the "academicness," "factiness," and "purpose" of a piece. That is to say, there are fiction pieces and non-fiction pieces (and creative non-fiction) pieces presented side-by-side. When in doubt, look at the Tags (found at the bottom) of a specific post.Neither the author nor any other legal entity is responsible for any information present on this site. Works herein are presented "As Is" and without warranty or guarantee as to their correctness.