Melissa Webb

Bio: I am currently in the Masters program at Rutgers-Camden working towards a degree in English literature. The end goal is this: I hope to be a professor of literature and a writer of books of my own. Right now, I wouldn't mind a job in anything in the realm of the written word (publishing, editing, etc.) This blog is a space for me to order and express my thoughts on a variety of topics. Sometimes I'll do some criticism, sometimes analysis, and once in awhile I'll post a selection of my own prose. Typically I write things dealing with the faulty nature of memory, nostalgia for the imagined, and the complex nature of time itself; I also am fascinated by the thin, possibly nonexistent, line between dream and reality, sanity and madness. This leads my favorite films to be those of David Lynch, a master of the surreal in the ordinary world and of the darkness that exists within the "ordinary" mind. Other favorite directors include Ingmar Bergman, Alain Resnais, Jean-Luc Godard, Roman Polanski, Alfred Hitchcock, and Lars Von Trier. As far as writers go, my interests keep growing, but I'm pretty loyal to Shirley Jackson, Flannery O'Connor, Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Andre Breton, Truman Capote, Marguerite Duras, and Joan Didion. This "About Me" has really all been about my intellectual pursuits...passion wise...I'd like to immediately move to the Mojave Desert to a soundtrack composed by Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star and then travel to cheap motels, smoky bars, and diners existing in the world of Natural Born Killers or Wild at Heart. But that's a whole other story.

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