I’m an advertising copywriter with over 30 years in the business. But over the past several years, I’ve become more and more interested in the works of some of the best creatives the world has known.
Look, if I can get a 5% response rate on something I wrote, I’m thrilled and my client gets rich.
But these guys, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Homer, they’ve been getting responses from a lot more than 5% of their audience, for centuries.
I studied a fair amount of literature in college; enough that I would’ve graduated with two degrees (Communications and English) but I’d challenged two classes on admission and tested out of them with passes. Unfortunately, it turned out that I needed actual grades in those classes for a second degree. I could’ve made up the units in a single summer session, but I was 22 years old with a dream job offer at a hot ad agency. Yeah. I graduated with one degree and got on with life, which worked out pretty well. And, I never stopped reading.
In a fantasy world, I’d go back to school for a master’s degree in Literature or, better, something like Shakespeare in Performance. But I’m over 50, with a business and a mortgage and a family, and any money for college will have to be put toward our two kids.
Plus, people my age typically go back to school to get their MBAs, or to move into lucrative fields like healthcare or software architecture. None of which interests me.
But if there’s no ROI on a mid-life master’s in Lit, there’s also no ROI on sitting around wanting something more out of life.
So through the years I’ve filled the hole with theater, books, and online courses through FutureLearn, Udemy, Coursera, and others. Along the way, I’ve learned one big thing: I like literature, a lot. And, I’ve formed some ideas of my own, ideas I’d like to share.
And that’s who I am and how I got here. Thank you for visiting!