Hi. My name is John Tennyson and I just found this forum today. I've spent some time browsing through this site's content, and I think that I've found a place where I can share my interest in reading and writing with others online. I currently live in Vancouver, but I've lived in New York, Tennessee, Jaipur, Montreal, and sundry place in between. I have an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Social Theory, and I am getting ready to start a PhD program in, probably, Comparative Literature. Other interests include, of course, reading and writing, linguistics and philology, the history and development of the English and Persian languages, and open source software development. Some of my main literary interests include Jorge Luis Borges, Salman Rushdie, Sir Richard F. Burton, Philip K. Dick, Samuel Delaney, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Thomas Carlyle, Rudyard Kipling, George Orwell, Dante, Spenser, the Thousand Nights and a Night, Omar Khayyam, Rumie, Hafez, the ancient (as opposed to the Hellenistic except for Plutarch) Greeks, any good novel, and pretty much any work in the development of western philosophy. I approach literature from a more aesthetic perspective rather than other -isms dominant in current literary theory/criticism. I am an avid reader, and over the course of my time here I intend to actively participate in this site's features, including the book review section. Hopefully, I'll even get a little writing help along the way I look forward to getting to know you as a community of writers and readers well.