September 2008


Great Barbeque

Andy Mozina, Associate Professor of English, was born and raised in Milwaukee. You might not know that he majored in economics and was a law school student before a Paul-on-the-road-to-Damascus moment prompted his peregrination into English literature. He's been at Kalamazoo College for nine years. This fall he will teach a first year seminar called "Co-authoring Your Life" and an advanced literary studies course called "Modernism and Sacrifice." The latter focuses on early 20th-century writers, of whom Joseph Conrad is Andy's favorite. Every human being should put a toe (at least) into literature because "it processes and comments on life in a useful way--plus the aesthetic pleasure!" Andy's answers to some burning questions follow.

What's the best song ever recorded?
"Jimi Hendrix's version of Dylan's 'All Along the Watchtower.'"

What's your favorite childhood fairy tale or story?
"Lord of the Rings "

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
"'Here's your barbeque sauce.' I imagine there's great barbeque up there."

What's your favorite word?

What's your least favorite word?

What turns you on?
"Half a grapefruit"

What turns you off?

What sound do you love?
"Wind in trees"

What sound do you hate?
"Metal getting filed or other grating machine noises"

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
"I would like to be a writer!"

What profession would you not like to participate in?
"I wouldn't want to be a surgeon."

What's been a GREAT MOMENT in your liberal arts learning?
"I learn incrementally, so I couldn't really single out a moment. If I had to, I'd say trying to teach here at Kalamazoo College. It requires trying to figure out so many things and you'll never really get it all, but I like that."

Who's the person (living or dead) with whom you'd most like to spend a lunch hour?
"Abraham Lincoln"

What memory from childhood still surprises you?
"It's not a light memory."

What is your favorite curse word?
"Are you really asking me this? 'Dabgummit!' It does a lot of heavy lifting."

What is your favorite hobby?
"Going to the beach, swimming. It would be reading if reading wasn't my job."

What is your favorite comedy movie?
"That's easy. 'This is Spinal Tap.'"

What local, regional, national, or world event has affected you most?
"Al Gore's loss to G.W. Bush"

If a cow laughed, would milk come out of her nose?

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