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I'm the cultural critic at the Tribune -- which means that I write essays and criticism about just about anything: literarture, music, sports, television, politics. I also write the weekly "Lit Life" column that runs in the Arts & Entertainment section.
I was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia, the daughter of a college mathematics professor and a high school English teacher. My undergradute degree is from Marshall University in Huntington, and my Ph.D. in English Literature was earned at Ohio State University. I won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2005, and I've taught writing at Princeton, Notre Dame and the University of Chicago.
Let's recast this cateogry and call it "Things I love": Books. Dogs. (But not books about dogs.) Football. (College, not pro.) West Virginia. James Dean. Willa Cather. Long drives on forgotten highways. Diners that stay open 24 hours. Public libraries. Leroy Jethro Gibbs on "NCIS." Ray Bradbury. Shooting hoops in a driveway at dusk, when you can barely see the ball but you can still hear the clean whoosh of the shivering nylon when you make a fabulous shot. Nothin' but net.