I moved to Iowa in 1971 to pursue a doctorate in comparative literature.
My main interests were in modern European literature. By this time I was also reading German and Modern Greek literature. Once in a while I read some English literature. I taught Italian and rhetoric. I also served as a rhetoric consultant.
While I was in graduate school n the 70s, I learned photography and worked for four years as a photo editor for the Daily Iowan in Iowa City. Even after I quit as a photojournalist, I continued for years to shoot the advertising photographs.