To infinity! And beyond!

Some of the best years of my life were spent in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s where I went back to college, where I met my best friends, where I discovered myself. It’s where my mother and sister now live, and the place I most fondly return to.

The College of Charleston is an absolute gem. I signed up to be a physics major and left with 100+ hours toward an English degree. I went back twice, sidelined all three times by the allure of the sea.

The first time was when I sailed off on my own boat to the Bahamas. The second time was when I jumped on a ship bound for Hong Kong. The final time was to take a job on a boat in New York. I will go back one day and finish that degree.

When the College of Charleston magazine got in touch to run a story on the changes in the publishing world, it led to a series of interviews, emails, and a funky photo shoot. It culminates in this amazing article by Alicia Lutz. Dennis Goldsberry, a professor we both had, should be proud. He changed the major of an old hack like me, and he produced a brilliant journalist like this.

 

COMMENTS (8)

Thanks so much, Hugh! This was such a fun piece for me to write. I enjoyed talking with you and writing your story almost as much as I enjoyed reading Wool! Keep up the great work! The College is proud of you!

~Alicia

Fascinating, Hugh! I started college as a Physics major, wandered through Math, considered German, contemplated Drama, and ended up as an English major. Then went to law school… and 25 years later got a grad degree in voice. Quite the path. Maybe what we both share is a curious mind.

I love those photos of you in the suit. Valiant! And thoughtful. I’ve been meaning to find time to read the article, and now I will…

Hope you’re enjoying Cali!

Loved the article! All the pics are great, too! I was lucky enough to read this in the magazine. Very, very cool. Alicia is an excellent writer herself. She did well by you.

Really wonderful, well written, easy reading, high informative interview…

I really hope for me and the rest of your longtime fans, that you can continue to stay in touch with us, still have enough time to respond to us, to interact and discuss with us. But it must be feared hopefully for you) that your success will multiply your fans, and inquiries, question, requests…

And if this time comes, and it will imho, then we know you finally reached the best of the best…

Like Jake says to the gunslinger: “Go then, there are other worlds than these.”

Really wonderful, well written, easy reading, high informative interview…

I really hope for me and the rest of your longtime fans, that you can continue to stay in touch with us, still have enough time to respond to us, to interact and discuss with us. But it must be feared hopefully for you) that your success will multiply your fans, and inquiries, question, requests…

And if this time comes, and it will imho, then we know you finally reached the best of the best…

Like Jake says to the gunslinger: “Go then, there are other worlds than these.”

That’s a good interview. The first part hints at the fact that the silo mentality in “Wool” is a great metaphor for the publishing industry. How ironic.

Wow what an awesome article! It gives me chills to see what has happened in our reading/writing culture. It’s absolutely amazing and you should be so proud to be a part of this momentous event for present and future writers. I LOVED the photo shoot in the magazine! Does this mean you’re playing Holsten in the movie? ;)

What a completely wonderful article. So much reminds me of my own wanderlust since I was a teenager. Being somewhat of an introvert myself meant I could explore the world on my own terms and observe without the fetters of the media. It’s incredibly liberating.