Steve Hyden

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About me

Location Appleton, Wisconsin
Introduction My name is Steve and I'm a newspaper reporter and writer living in northeast Wisconsin, which is just below the armpit created by the bulk of the state and the peninsula. I don't live in the actual armpit, which is Green Bay, which is a place where fat people sit on their porches and watch traffic go by when the Packers aren't in season. I live in Appleton, a place where slightly less fat people do slightly more interesting things, like watch NASCAR, which is traffic with better camera work. I like living here 79 percent of the time. I fancy myself a deep thinker, an iconoclast, a man who can enjoy both high and low culture. Think Chuck Klosterman with a dose of Jack Nicholson from "Five Easy Pieces." However, I suspect I am not nearly as cool as I think I am. I may in fact be a dork. For example, look at how I described myself a few sentences earlier. What can I say? I'm the guy who started listening to the Clash when he was 13 not because he was reacting against the repressive Republican regime he had lived under most of his life, but because John Cusack wore a Clash T-shirt in "Say Anything..."
Interests Writing, reading, music, movies, goofing off, screwing around, tomfoolery, not necessarily in that order.
Favorite Movies Woody Allen, Brian De Palma, Todd Haynes, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Francis Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, John Carpenter, Cameron Crowe, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, David Lynch, the Coen Brothers, Sergio Leone, Stanley Kubrick, Alexander Payne, Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, Sam Peckinpah, John Ford, Howard Hawks.
Favorite Music Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Guided By Voices, Talking Heads, Queens of the Stone Age, Interpol, Al Green, Miles Davis, Elvis Costello, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ryan Adams, Jay-Z, Killers, LCD Soundsystem, Beatles, Nas, Bowie, Air, Velvet Underground, The Ponys, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, XTC, Talking Heads, Spoon, Big Star, Matthew Sweet, Sleater-Kinney, The Hold Steady, The Redwalls, The Who, The Beach Boys, The Clash
Favorite Books Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, 1984 by George Orwell, The Dirt by Motley Crue with Neil Strauss, The World According to Garp by John Irving, Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman, Hell's Angels by Hunter S. Thompson, Confederacy of Dunce by John Kennedy Toole, Side Effects by Woody Allen, Short Cuts by Raymond Carver