My name is Toby Decker, and I am a transfer student from Tulsa Community College. I came to become an English student at the University of Tulsa because at TCC I decided to pursue an interest I enjoy most--writing. I particularly enjoy researching contemporary cultural topics and doing literary research; I do experiment with fiction and poetry, but I feel like I might need to live another 400 years before I have anything very relavent to say.
I enjoy reading a little bit of anything I can get my hands on. I do read very slowly, so oftentimes I will read to a certain point in a book, then move to a different author. I hate having this habit, but it keeps me from reading nothing, or focusing too long on a work simply because I feel the need to prove myself through accomplishing it. Nevertheless, some of my favorite writers are Jonathan Franzen, Michael Cunningham, Walt Whitman, etc. Only recently have I really started to read short stories; the last collection I read was called "Smut." My favorite line from the collection concerned self-love/hate and went something like, "Gary could have found the strength to do almost anything, so long as he could watch himself do it."
When I read books, poems, articles, etc, I often do so with a pen or pencil. I hope to find forms and words in what I read which will (hopefully) help me develop my own literary voice.
I'll post more soon! Thanks.