Making out with my brother

—What did you do for your birthday, Jon?

I turned 22

on Wednesday.

As a welcome birthday present, I got into an English seminar despite being last on the waiting list.

English 182.2: Crime

The professor wrote a book called Serial Killers: Death and Life in America's Wound Culture. When he's not teaching, he spends time in Germany.

He's not very dynamic. He speaks low and softly and as if his mouth is wired shut.


During our first session, he referenced: CSI, ER, Fear Factor, Monty Python, the movie Cellular, Robocop, Shaun of the Dead and The Terminator.

These are his required texts:
Emile Zola, Therese Raquin
Jim Thompson, The Killer Inside Me
Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley
Philip K. Dick, "Minority Report"
Ruth Rendell, A Judgement [sic] in Stone
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
J.G. Ballard, Cocaine Nights

Our class will only meet once a week (for three hours, 20 minutes of which is break time) for nine weeks, and he's letting me skip one session to go see Green Day.

The only assignments all quarter long are two (about 7-page) papers. No midterm. No final.

Who cares if the professor's not dynamic? Can I get an "amen"?