|Blurbarian Since||September 2007|
|My Web Site||www.markcrummett.com|
I was raised in a house full of art in a suburb of Washington, DC. My father was a writer, photographer, painter, and assemblage artist (a great fan of Joseph Cornell), as well as an important early influence on me.
Trained as a photographer, I was a photographer and photojournalism instructor in the US Army. After earning my journalism degree from Oregon State University, I worked as a newspaper photographer in Maryland and a digital picture editor in Virginia. Along the way I earned a couple of computer certifications.
I decided to take my interest in technology and visual art into two seemingly disparate directions: computer tech support and assemblage art. I find the stuff inside a computer even more interesting and mysterious than the stuff it can do. I now use technological castoffs as my raw material and subject matter.
|Spoiler alert: I'm thinking my next book will be about...|
|...some of the photographs I did to keep myself sane while working as a photographer at a small daily newspaper.|
|Everyone needs to know about these authors and artists...|
|William Gibson, Neil Stephenson, Andy Goldsworthy|
|This book is addictive. Read it. (At your own risk.)|
|"Cryptonomicon" by Neal Stephenson. I love this book, but I can't get anyone else I know to read it! It's 900+ pages, but I've read it at least once a year since it came out in 1999. It follows a couple of roughly parallel stories, set 50 years apart- Randy Waterhouse, a contemporary computer programmer involved in a business startup in the Philippines, and his grandfather Lawrence Waterhouse, a World War II cryptographer. Smart, funny, insightful and just fun to read!|