I grew up in Hamburg, New York, south of Buffalo, with parents from the central Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Thanks to my local public library and a five-cent manila paper library card with my name typewritten on it, I absorbed the works of Agatha Christie, Arthur C. Clarke, Charles Dickens, and T. H. White at an impressionable age.
At the University of Chicago in Hyde Park I studied:
- Eastern thought
- Music appreciation
- Music theory (FAIL!)
- Latin American and Russian literature
- Silent film
- Modern drama
- A smattering of British and American history
On a gorgeous Saturday in June, I graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English language and literature and no plan for Monday — or the future. I’m still working on one.
On weekends when I can, I point an iPhone and a Nikon D7100 with image sensor spots at nature and sometimes surprise myself.
— Diane Schirf
My life has been steeped in loneliness, Mr. Smithson. As if it has been been ordained that I shall never form a friendship with an equal, never inhabit my own home, never see the world except as the generality to which I must be the exception.John Fowles, The French Lieutenant’s Woman