About the Author

Mark Crummett
Blurbarian Since September 2007
Name Mark Crummett
My Web Site www.markcrummett.com
Location Portland, OR
Gender Male
My Bio 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.

Books by this author

Things I Don't Mind The World Knowing

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!