Jonathan M. Cook

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Jonathan M. Cook was born in 1982. He received a master's degree in Literature, Composition, and Creative Writing from Eastern Illinois University before becoming a high school English teacher.

In addition to teaching courses in College Composition and Literature, he acts as the faculty advisor for the high school's student newspaper and the Rotary Interact Club.

In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys the works of Cormac McCarthy, John Fowles, Umberto Eco, Paul Auster, Jorge Luis Borges, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, Thomas Pynchon, Salman Rushdie, James Joyce, Donna Tartt, Franz Kafka, Haruki Murakami, T.S. Eliot, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Blake, and William Shakespeare. He is a big fan of the films of David Lynch, David Fincher, and Ridley Scott, and enjoys the music of Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Pink Floyd.

Favorite novel: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy and The Magus by John Fowles

Favorite poem: The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot

Favorite play: Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Cleansed by Sarah Kane

Favorite film: The Social Network, The Crow, Kingdom of Heaven, Pretty Woman and Lost Highway

Favorite song: "The Perfect Drug" by Nine Inch Nails

Drink of choice: Scotch, single-malt, preferably a 16-year-old Lagavulin

Guilty pleasure: the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack