A little bit about me...
Originally I'm from a small town in Western Massachusetts called Hardwick. It's very much in the country; our house is a mile or so up a dirt road. My mother, father, and (on occasion) my sister live there, along with a small flock of sheep, our dog, Devon, and a cat. Dad sells real estate, Mom manages the local recycling center. My sister Sue is a photographer, and she likes to travel around the U.S.
Currently I live in Seoul, Korea with my wife, Yeon Hyeon-sook, and son Jamie. We were married in January 2001, and Jamie was born in December 2004. After living near Daehakro (Seoul's best known theater districts) for several years we moved to an apartment in Mia-dong close to Hyeon-sook's parents.
I've been here in Korea since August 1997. I first came to teach English language at the Institute of Foreign Language Studies at Korea University. After working there for four years, I started doing film-related work full-time, working as an English editor for the Korean Film Commission and writing for Screen International, a film trade magazine based in London. In late 2005 I moved from Screen to the U.S. magazine Variety.
I've lived in several other places as well. I got my undergraduate degree at a small but fantastic school that few people heard of, Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. While there I majored in Russian and spent two semesters and one summer studying in Russia -- in Krasnodar, Ufa, and Moscow. After graduating from Carleton, I got my masters degrees (in TESOL and Slavic Languages) at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
I have many interests -- more than I can keep up with, unfortunately. I've been an avid watcher of film all my life, particularly since graduate school. I also listen to a lot of classical music... Ravel, Schubert, Shostakovich, Bach, and Janacek (among others). I used to be into photography in a big way, although in recent years I haven't kept up with it. Other past or present interests of mine include ballroom dancing, translating, soccer, and reading. I also possess an extreme fondness for the Boston Red Sox.