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about me...

Name: Pete Anderson
Aliases: Booga P, Marlin (from Finding Nemo), Stinky Pete (from Toy Story), Rancid Pete, Viking Pete, Potor.
Residence: Joliet, Illinois (Mottos: "City of Champions", "City of Stone and Steel", "Home of Rudy", and "No, I Haven't Seen Jake and Elwood") since 2000.
Former Residence: Chicago (various North Side neighborhoods).
Family: Wife Julie (entrepreneur, crafter, mom and homeschooler of dazzling versatility), daughter Madeleine (twelve years old and already well on her way to being twice as smart as me), plus the usual parents, siblings and in-laws.
Education: University of Illinois, for both bachelors' and graduate degrees. The school so nice, I went there twice.
Actual Career: Commercial credit analysis, currently within the commercial banking industry. Often tedious, though it will do for now. Health insurance and a 401K are hard to beat, especially considering the following...
Aspiring Career: Fiction writer. Inspirations include Nelson Algren, Studs Terkel, Aleksandar Hemon and Ralph Ellison. All of whom I'm so deeply in awe of that, realizing I'll never measure up to any of them, sometimes I feel I should give up writing completely. But I soldier on. My debut novella, Wheatyard, was published in 2013 by Kuboa Press, and I also have several other books in various stages of completion and a few dozen published stories (see sidebar) with various journals.
Other Passions: Voracious reading, photographic jaunts, coffee, quality time with family, under-the-radar music.
Former Passions: Baseball and most other spectator sports.
Primary Non-Passions: Yardwork and all other home repair, pretentiousness, the Bush Adminstration.
Favorite Film: On the Waterfront
Favorite Book: Hunger by Knut Hamsun

May 1, 2003 in Personal | Permalink


I just read your bio, pretty interesting. You know, I actually know a person who knows Studs Terkel. Small world huh?

Thanks for your comment on my photo blog No, the car is not my ride ;-)

Posted by: Chris at Feb 9, 2004 9:38:10 AM

I slid over here from seeing a link between you and Nobius. I can't quite find a starting place on where to read, but your book list is very likeable, so I'll try to find a place. I'll mark you as a favorite and start digging in, with spoons or shovels. Some of your books are things I've read, recently or far back, others are slightly obscure things I always meant to read and it's interesting to know someone has read them. More later, when I have a focus.

Posted by: Ron at Apr 30, 2004 9:37:09 PM

Thanks for the plug-- I appreciate it
take care
Tony Fitzpatrick

Posted by: tony fitzpatrick at Jan 17, 2005 6:02:32 PM

Thanks for the shout out to Barrelhouse and especially for the kind words about my piece on Magnum. It's always nice to know that you aren't working in a vacuum. The fact that you have such good taste in books (Hemon and Dybek are among my faves) only reiterates to me what great taste you have. And makes me feel honored.


Posted by: Steve Kistulentz at Mar 22, 2005 12:18:52 PM

You need to change the published record now that you have "popped your literary cherry."

Congratulations, by the way. It's a beautiful piece.

Posted by: Em at Feb 13, 2006 6:53:19 PM

I couldn't quite finger the reason why I was wasting so many hours reading your drivel. I felt some sort of affinity, if that's the right word. Maybe not. Anyway - now I know. Favourite book! I must be the only other person in the world (outside Norway) whose favourite book is 'Hunger.' Nobody's even heard of it!

Thanks for your great blog and stories.

Posted by: Don at Mar 20, 2006 7:17:59 PM

I enjoy reading your blog.
Ellison's Invisible Man is one of my favoriate books. I've never read any Studs Terkel, but I've met his friend Stetson Kennedy a few times.

Posted by: Bill Ectric at Jul 20, 2008 1:16:05 PM

I was casting about for a good lit blog to read and found your comment on Books for Breakfast. Can't resist a blog written by someone who lists "Hunger" as a favorite book! Looking forward to exploring the site more fully.

Posted by: mc at Nov 12, 2008 11:19:26 AM

You are not serious that you did not get what was going on in The Day of the Locust --?

However, if this is true, it explains how the Bush Administration came to pass ---so, no pretense follows, pal -- just gut reaction---------------

Day of the Locust is a prophecy which has not only come to pass within the last thirty years (and perhaps before that) but also a prophecy, based on your bio, your generation embarces.
Also, if your comments about West's work are not some sort of inside joke, it would then seem that the observations of Chris Hedges with regard to Americans being ahistorical and only living in their own present are sadly accurate --hence providing the basis for the ascendancy of men and women such as comprise the American CORPORATE AND GOVT leadership of the last thirty years. As Kurt Vonnegut might have observed: We could have done better -- much better..

.it might seem that you do not know WHY / who you really are and so suggest finding the writings of one George W.S. Trow (RECENTLY DECEASED) in The New Yorker, "Collapsing Dominant", March 31 1997 -- interesting observations to be found there about Roman Polanski and the pulse of the American character, your character?, along with the secret of success in America. Your bio (as does millions of others) reads as if Trow was writing a script --much as West was writing the prophecy -- and Trow acknowledges West as perhaps the premiere guide to post Worl War I America. Because, after all, the First World War, like the Second, never really ended.

You can rest assured that all the authors you have listed read, and re read, and read again, (especially he who named names in front of the HUAC COMMITTEE -- oN THE WATER FRONT = KAZAN) everything they could find which was written by Nathanael West.

Observation from Mr Trow:
An Overview for A Puzzled European:
The Tradition of [George] Washington ended May 7, 1945

Viddy well, Illinois droog.

Posted by: passer by at Dec 30, 2009 3:39:04 AM

The Same goes for your comments concerning Miss Lonely Hearts ;), which is essentially the same gig.

Posted by: passer by at Dec 30, 2009 4:00:03 AM