James Williams: This is going to sound neater and more intentional than it actually was, as is the case with most stories.
In a lot of ways my life has been a ping-ponging back and forth between tech and the humanities, trying to bring them into some kind of conversation.
I spent my formative years in a town called Abilene, Texas, where my father was a university professor.
It’s the kind of place where you get the day off school when the rodeo comes to town.
Lots of good people there.
But it’s not exactly a tech hub.
Most of my tech education consisted of spending late nights, and full days in the summer, up in the university computer lab with my younger brother just messing around on the fast connection there.
Later when I went to college, I started studying computer engineering, but I found that I had this itch about the broader “why” questions that on some deeper level I needed to scratch.
So I changed my focus to literature.
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