HARDBARNED! The Bio

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Someone once told Christopher J. Driver that he had "gentle eyes."

Chris loves sci-fi movies, wrote his master's thesis on Blade Runner and finds Soderbergh's version of Solaris underrated. The Star Wars prequels are dead to him, but he really liked THX-1138. He loves the work of Terry Gilliam, thinks Michael Keaton was the best Batman and considers Grosse Pointe Blank and Planes, Trains and Automobiles masterpieces.

Born in Kansas, Chris has traveled to all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe but has mostly lived Down South. He likes old Volvos, hardcover comic collections, Adrian McKinty novels and epic stories of adventure and survival. He admires Nikki Giovanni's poetry and nonfiction by Jon Krakauer, Anthony Bourdain, Henry Rollins, Barbara Ehrenreich, Werner Herzog, David Sedaris, George Carlin, Matthew Crawford and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

He loves music by Eric Bachmann, Blake Schwarzenbach, Kathleen Edwards, J. Robbins, Fugazi, Rancid, Versus, Baroness, Mastodon, Iron Maiden and Billy Joel. He enjoys spicy Asian cuisines and India Pale Ales, campfires by a river, 1980s-era pro tennis, the occasional video game and the rare joy of warm, salt-water scuba diving.

Other than his three years as a barn-hauling truck driver, a few of his previous jobs included stints as a touring punk rocker, a computer and shoe salesman, a ditch digger, dishwasher, prep-cook, busboy, server and cashier, a grocery bagger, paperboy, automobile valet, Alaskan-fishing-boat-deck-swabber, construction worker and snow-shoveler, a landscaper, house painter, souvenir-shop salt-water-taffy stockboy, writing instructor and ESL tutor, a hotel bellhop, and a clerk at two video-rental stores and a bikini shop.

Today, Chris writes a variety of creative content for a digital advertising agency. Prior to that, he wrote for the marketing department of a software developer, after spending five years as a technical writer at a healthcare nonprofit. He has published freelance, academic and popular culture essays and enjoys blogging about movies, music, TV, books, video games, comics, cooking, camping and travel. Above all, Chris considers his writing skills versatile.