0-9: Born in rural Missouri in 1985. Wanted to be a fire hydrant when I grew up. Did kids stuff. Sang title role in the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors.
10s: First kiss. Family moved from Fair Grove (population 919) to the woods. Built my first computer. Shook the President’s hand in the White House with the U.S. Senate Youth Program. Graduated in a class of 50 from Fair Grove High School. Started at Drury University. Read books. Accidentally drove a moped off a cliff in Greece.
20s: Launched the website where the Hackintosh was born. Studied abroad in London. Sold website to some Brits. Graduated from college. Read more books. Earned master’s from the University of Chicago.
Started Ph.D. at Brown. Founded The Art of Theory, a political philosophy quarterly. Visited my 50th state. First encountered depression. Left Brown to reorient in the Ozarks.
30-now: Cared for my nonagenarian grandmother and took what work I could find. Edited the State Desk at Ballotpedia.
Returned to research after the 2016 election. Added my maternal family’s name to my own. Moved to Virginia... and then the Virginia woods. Took role directing $2M in annual grants to preserve the liberal tradition. Started to write for what felt like the first time.