Andy Whitman

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About me

Gender Male
Industry Communications or Media
Occupation Writer
Location Westerville, Ohio, United States
Introduction Successfully disguised as a suburbanite. One wife, Kate, of indeterminate age, two daughters, Katryn, 24, a first-year grad student at Rutgers University, and Rachel, 21, a senior at Ohio University. I'm 54, still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I write techie books and develop IT marketing materials for one of my paychecks. I love music, literature, and films. I write a lot, for Paste Magazine, for All Music Guide (, for Christianity Today Magazine, for Image Journal. Sometimes I speak about music on college campuses and at Arts conferences. I love Jesus, sometimes not all that well, but I struggle with the way that is expressed in most American churches. Then again, I struggle with the way I express my faith as well. I'm holding out for grace and forgiveness. Without it, I'm in trouble. I could not care less about fertilizer or lawn care, but I can discuss the merits of Ortho Weed 'n Feed vs. Scott's Turbuilder in a pinch. This is what comes of living in suburbia.
Favorite Music Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Al Green, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bruce Cockburn, Richard Thompson, Bruce Springsteen, Sigur Ros, The Hold Steady, Lambchop, Joe Henry, Tom Waits, Jolie Holland, Buddy and Julie Miller, Gram Parsons, Joni Mitchell, The Pogues, The Beatles, Bill Evans, Brad Mehldau, Radiohead, Muddy Waters, Steve Earle, John Prine, Thelonious Monk, Frank Sinatra, Camera Obscura, The Clash, U2, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Sonny Rollins, Howlin' Wolf, New Pornographers, Sufjan Stevens, Red House Painters/Sun Kill Moon, Blind Willie Johnson, Bill Mallonee, Mark Heard, Lucinda Williams
Favorite Books Got a few years? But for starters, anything by Flannery O'Connor, David Foster Wallace, Donald Barthelme, Marilynne Robinson, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The usual English major suspects -- Dickens, Shakespeare, Faulkner, Thomas (not Tom) Wolfe Annie Dillard, Graham Greene, Walker Percy, Milan Kundera, Ann Lamott, John Updike, Raymond Chandler, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Dashiell Hammett, Eudora Welty, Kathleen Norris, Victor Hugo, Shelby Foote, Henri Nouwen, Larry McMurtry, and many, many more.