Day job: Digital Agitator at Insight Labs
Description: Andrew is an author, journalist, and book critic based in Lenexa, Kansas. His ever-shifting constellation of professional identities includes digital agitator for The Insight Labs, writer with the hyperlocal news division of Blockshopper, and editor of Unfanboy.com. He’s a writer with a persistent, nagging concern about the future of the spaces in which good writing appears, which from time to time has made him an editor, publisher, teacher, and digital troublemaker. His work has appeared the Times Literary Supplement, The Common Review, Bookmarks, Another Chicago Magazine, Bookslut.com, and a few other places.
Andrew earned a Master’s degree in the History of Medicine from The Johns Hopkins University. His thesis told the story of a surgeon and a physician in 18th-century Spain who employed instructional texts to compete for authority in Madrid’s anatomical theater. He’s currently thinking about how we can use Jesuit meditative techniques to achieve total detachment from technology and use it responsibly. He is happy to shatter any delusions you have about modernity, and a few you probably don’t.
Superpower: A friend of Andrew’s observed that he has the power to follow up on any joke with a funnier “B-line,” but that jokes he initiates himself usually fall flat. Which makes him some sort of comedic Rogue. As long as Anna Paquin plays him in the film version, he’s cool with it.