My name is Christen McCurdy. I grew up in southwest Idaho and now I live and write in Portland, Oregon.

I read once about a talk that George Bush 41 was giving during the 1992 New Hampshire primary — a talk that was, of course, prepared for him by staff. After what was intended as a particularly emotional moment, he read, “Message: I care.” This was intended as a parenthesis, not to be read out loud. I like it because I’m often saying right out the things that are not meant to be said right out; I also like it because I often speak in a rather deadpan way, and so my sincerity is often called into question.

Which brings me to the other reason for the title of this blog, a quote from the late Kurt Vonnegut:
“Still and all, why bother? Here’s my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone. ”