Turners of earth: I’m JL Wall, one of your hosts for the next few weeks. I’m still relatively new to this blogging game, so we’ll hope that I don’t burn the place down while I’m here. If I do, trust that it was an accident.

I’m an undergraduate at Northwestern, where I study Classics and English, and dabble in some writing on the side. I’m also fairly certain that I’m the baby of the Fearsome Fivesome, not that I have any clue what implications that might have. Before deciding to winter in this frigid ice box of doom (I’m worried that I won’t see the sun again until March), I lived in Louisville, Kentucky—so if there’s an opportunity for me to quote a Kentucky writer, I’ll generally take it.

Lately, I’ve taken to blogging at phaidimoi logoi, where I mostly ramble about whatever wanders into my mind. I feel remiss now, having read Nathan’s introduction, because he seems much more prepared than I am. I do have notes to myself to blog about “environmentalism/conservationism and Burke’s generational social contract” and explaining my vote for Senator, so those should pop up at some point.  Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers were on campus a few days ago, so if I find any amusingly awkward pictures of them with uncomfortable NU officials, I’ll share. 

My view of things has a very strong streak of what I’m going to lazily describe as “applied literature” to it. By this point, there’s not much I can do about it.  I’ve lately been in a mood where I feel like accosting strangers and telling them to go buy an Emmylou Harris album, so if that happens, forgive me.  As for politics, I’m still working on how to best describe myself, though winding up on the list of “Conservative Blogs” to the left there means there’s no going back for me, I suppose.  (Though if you want extra credit and some background on my politics, I’d recommend here and here.)  I also don’t always take myself seriously. When I was in high school, I wrote a paper titled, “An Essay That, Though Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn Were Undoubtedly Not Jewish, Takes What Is Perhaps an Overly-Jewish Perspective When Looking at the Novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

Anyway, I’m quite excited to be here, and want to thank John for trusting me with the keys, and also all of the readers and commenters: I get more excited about reading comments here than anywhere else, so this should be fun.