What I Love About Shea

 

 

Sometimes you just know what certain people are supposed to be doing in life. Judging a book by its cover is totally acceptable in these cases. When you see a beautiful woman with deep blue eyes, you think “Wow, she should probably be a model.” When you see a large man with arms like legs and legs like tree trunks, you think “Wow, he should probably be a football player.” When you see me, you think “Wow, he should probably be figuring out what he wants to do with his life.”

There’s a man whose name is Shea Serrano. I’ve never met him, but I’ve seen a couple of pictures of him. He’s relatively unassuming looking; a short man of Hispanic descent with a tapered buzzcut and modest goatee. You wouldn’t be able to guess what he does simply looking at him. But he’s one of those people who you just know what he’s supposed to be doing in life–he’s supposed to be a writer. He writes for Grantland, a sports and pop culture blog, and I read everything he writes. Like, everything. Always.

Here’s a snippet from something he wrote once:

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He wrote about going to the park and the supermarket in a larger article about going to a child’s birthday party. And I laughed throughout the entire thing. Again, the topics were: park, supermarket, and children’s skating rink. I’ve never told a story as interesting as his 1,324 word article, and those were the topics. Either I’m really boring (I hope not) or he’s really good at what he does.

I like biographies. I like historical narratives. But I love to read slice-of-life writings like these the best. I love to read something about a mundane activity I do every day and can still make me laugh. I love when people can write something that so perfectly captures what even my average life is like. And I love what Shea Serrano writes the best of all.

A Marriage of Wonder: What I Like to Read

“The Imaginary Foundation has an inspiring venn diagram T-shirt that suggests that wonder exists at the intersection of science and art. And it is perhaps at this intersection, this intellectual collision of seemingly disparate bedfellows, that something magical and unexpected happens: new patterns emerge; new connections are forged between previously unconnected ideas and inspiration reigns.” -Jason Silva, Huffington Post (Source)

I love to read anything that marries science and art. I will be fully content with a piece that centers on one of the two, but any author that can paint the beauty of the universe in equations and atoms will always be my favorite. As of late, Michio Kaku’s Parallel Worlds, a novel discussing recent theories on the multiverse, M-Theory, string theory, and the ultimate fate of the cosmos, has occupied the place of honor on my bedside table. Kaku takes all of the complexities of science and marries them with the elegant art of phrasing. He turns theoretical astrophysics from the terrifying mouthful that it can be to something more simple, more charming, more magical.

That being said, I love to read what I love to write – and that is just about anything. Throw me a novel and occupy my mind. Toss me a poem and hear a content sigh. Give me an interesting cereal box, and I’ll be occupied for breakfast.

I’m a reader and a writer with one foot planted in the laboratory and the other in the stars.

Who I Am

“Who are you?” That is always such a strange question to answer. I could explain myself in many ways–I am a student, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a horrendous skier, and the list goes on. But for the purposes of this course, and this blog, I am here as a writer. I am an individual who is curious about learning everything there is to know about writing, about voice, about connecting with an audience. And right now, I am the person sitting at the corner table of a crowded Starbucks.

 

Answering the question of what kind of reading I like to do is much easier than answering who I am, in my personal opinion. That is because what I like to read is exactly what I like to write. My favorite kinds of readings are those which are conversational, connect with an audience, and make a reader feel as though they are truly speaking with a friend. I crave readings that are humorous, even a little sarcastic, and are overall relatable. It’s those readings that make one laugh at the words on the page, and even laugh at themselves, that I feel are most special.

 

So that is where I leave you for my first blog post–a vague response to who I am, but a definite knowledge of my favorite type of readings. I hope that throughout this course and my future writing in general, I will be able to engage a reader with that same conversational tone and spurts of humor that are so enjoyable for myself to read. And I promise that I will try to the best of my ability to avoid the cheesy stuff, but sometimes, it just happens.