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I grew up in New York, went to college in Arizona, and have lived in Chicago for the past seven years. Currently, I freelance write, teach high school English, and read the internet.

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Who says you can’t get students to like Beowulf?

Who says you can’t get students to like Beowulf?

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Kaufman’s Deli in Skokie. Lunch of champions.

Kaufman’s Deli in Skokie. Lunch of champions.

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The weather is in the 60s and I’m wearing a sweater. Time to drink all the pumpkin things, duh.

The weather is in the 60s and I’m wearing a sweater. Time to drink all the pumpkin things, duh.

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Highlights from Day 2 of Riot Fest: Wu-Tang, Metric, Matt Berninger from The National almost falling on top of me.

Highlights from Day 2 of Riot Fest: Wu-Tang, Metric, Matt Berninger from The National almost falling on top of me.

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I waited three hours at one stage to be front row for The National at Riot Fest.  It was 100% worth it.

I waited three hours at one stage to be front row for The National at Riot Fest. It was 100% worth it.

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When I was 10, @jamesmdeem took away my Offspring “Smash” cassette because they cursed. Last night, I saw Offspring play “Smash” in full at Riot Fest. I still want my cassette back, dad. 😉 #latergram

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Radiator Hospital at Fireside.

Radiator Hospital at Fireside.

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I never thought I’d get a chance to see a show at the legendary Fireside Bowl. Radiator Hospital tonight!

I never thought I’d get a chance to see a show at the legendary Fireside Bowl. Radiator Hospital tonight!

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The haul from Renegade Craft Fair this year: Records from The Isley Brothers, The Stooges, and Sonic Youth, cacti art from @catsandart, stickers from @dudmatic, jewelry from Son of a Sailor.

The haul from Renegade Craft Fair this year: Records from The Isley Brothers, The Stooges, and Sonic Youth, cacti art from @catsandart, stickers from @dudmatic, jewelry from Son of a Sailor.

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@cado11, @mcubed22, @albal, don’t worry, I’m still keeping #nfg alive at my new school. #yearthree

@cado11, @mcubed22, @albal, don’t worry, I’m still keeping #nfg alive at my new school. #yearthree

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