In honor of my first blog post on my new website, please enjoy this picture which I feel encapsulates much about my life. This is a neon beer sign, of the kind you often see glowing in gas station windows, hanging in my father's shower on top of a Claude Monet "Water Lillies" poster still wrapped with plastic against brown cardboard to keep it stiff. If you can imagine, it emits a low buzzing sound that seems even louder in the confined shower space, a sound that, in my mind, increases its possible danger even though I realize its possible danger level (very high) remains the same regardless of the amount of noise it makes.

While this is dangerous, it is also the most dangerous my life as a writer and quasi-academic will probably ever get. So share this moment of danger with me.