I am an Associate Professor of Spanish literature, culture, and film and I am the Associate Chair of the department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. I am currently researching and writing on contemporary Spanish cinema. This semester I am teaching Spanish Cultural Studies, Survey of Spanish Cinema, and the Honors 101 Seminar at Ole Miss.
I am a Buddhist and practice vipassana with the Oxford Sangha meditation group.
I was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, where I grew up and went to high school. I earned my BA from Central College in Pella, Iowa; my Master's Degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana; and my PhD from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. In 1991 and 1992 I lived in Granada, Spain, and attended la Universidad de Granada. I have travelled extensively throughout Spain, as well as Portugal, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Costa Rica, and Mexico.
My interests include fussy coffee, passionate music, and intelligent narrative. I am a devotee of contemporary Spanish literature (novelists like Juan José Millás, José Ángel Mañas, Lucía Etxebarría, Ray Loriga) and Spanish cinema (directors such as Julio Medem, Icíar Bollaín, Jaime Rosales, Alejandro Amenábar, Fernando León de Aranoa, Ventura Pons). I dig 1940s and 50s film noir, heart-wrenching contemporary dramas, and I try to watch one new film every day.
Currently I am waist deep into a book-length manuscript on the representations of youth in contemporary Spanish cinema. Tentatively titled Growing Up on Film: Millennial Disaffection in Spanish Film and Culture, to date I have written about 250 pages. More to come. So much more.
So...Klodt? Blame it on the Prussians, but here's the deal with my name: the D is silent, so pronounce it like COAT with an L.
Billy and Tommy (left and right, respectively) are my ever-vigilant feline companions.
Explore my interests through my vibes below. Connect with me via social media (scroll down to the icons below), drop me a line, or stop by for a visit at C-109 Bondurant Hall. Thank you, please tip your waitstaff, and drive home safely.
Links to what is stimulating my head and rousing my heart.
Rifftrax: MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy's extraordinary movie riffs
El País: My morning read
Accidental Tech Podcast: Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa speak my language
The Talk Show: John Gruber's brilliant podcast covering Apple, technology, and the internet
To know my tech is to know me.
OmniOutliner Pro: All of my academic writing begins here
Ulysses: Simple yet powerful writing studio that ingeniously organizes your long-form writing
Byword: A lightweight, Markdown-friendly text editor for when the words are flowing from your fingertips
Instapaper: Elegant read-it-later solution for web & iOS
Evernote: Syncs all of my research seamlessly across Mac, iPad & iPhone
Keynote: Until magic wands become available, Keynote pulls presentation rabbits out of my top hat
Pixelmator: Who needs Photoshop's bloat when an image editor is this powerful?
Tweetbot: My six shooter of wit while riding the back trails of the Twitter range, pardner
Reeder: Slick RSS that slices through headlines
VLC: My Secret Decoder Ring for region-encoded international films
1Password: Indispensable password manager; my first installation when setting up a Mac
ToDoist: Lightning-fast syncing, ass-kicking task and project manager
Squarespace: The sophisticated yet intuitive platform I use to make the website you're reading now
TextExpander: Keyboard shortcuts that pulverize repetitive text
Alfred + Powerpack: Jaw-droppingly powerful launcher & automator
Dropbox: Happy little cloud storage
Tunes that are rocking my world. Click the album covers to stream from Apple Music.
It's not an indulgence, it's an investment in your body's caffeination regimen. Be picky when selecting your Nerd Coffee equipment: Caffeine is totally worth it.
Aeropress: If you are not drinking coffee from an Aeropress, you are not drinking coffee
Baratza Encore Conical Burr Grinder: Perfectly uniform grinds for each cup––a Baratza grinder is essential for every serious coffee nerd
Blue Bottle Coffee: Subtly flavored, freshly roasted beans delivered to your mailbox every two weeks
Friis Coffee Vault: Your beans are your friends––protect your friends