Tim Gorichanaz

I Wonder.

Hi, my name's Tim. I'm curious, in both senses of the word: I have a lot of questions, and they say I'm a little on the weird side. In my various pursuits, I aim to inspire myself and others to appreciate the wonder of the world.

I'm working on my PhD, and one day I will be a Slow Professor. I also write novels and run ultramarathons. Sometimes I write novels about or while running, and sometimes I do research while and about running. Sometimes I do other things, like paint and travel, though lately I've been learning classical guitar more than anything.

Check out some of my most recent activities below. If you'd like to get in touch, don't hesitate to do so. You should also join my fiction fan club if you want to receive periodic updates about my non-academic writing.


Lines of spines: What is a library?


ScratchTap, a blog about written language



I'm 33 years old. But that number isn't very useful. In some ways I've always felt like a little old man, and in some ways I still feel like I'm eight-and-three-quarters.

Reading: I recently read the book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, by Sebastian Junger, and I recommend it. On the surface it focuses on the veteran experience, but more deeply the book examines what it means to be alive today. The book plumbs the origin of many of modern society's ills and presents a way forward.

Location: I've lived in Philadelphia since September 2014. I mostly like it here. It's very walkable, there's some green space, and there's a supportive running scene. But I'm not, constitutionally, a city person.

Research: I study how people work with information and documents, from a philosophical perspective. I started my PhD program in Fall 2014, and I defended my dissertation proposal in June 2017. I was honored to receive the 2017 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research. My dissertation discusses the concept of self-document and explores in detail the process of how artists go about creating a self-portrait. I plan to graduate in summer 2018.

Running: I'm in a longish DNF (did not finish) streak for ultramarathons. I had to quit Big Butts 100k (July 2016) and Javelina Jundred (October 2016) because of issues with the heat, and then I got injured late in 2016. I DNFed again at Vermont 100, mostly because I didn't get enough training in after getting over my injury. My next planned race is Hallucination 100 in Michigan and September. I do a bit of freelance coaching, and I'm a running leader with Students Run Philly Style.

Fiction: My fiction has been on and off as I've been working on my dissertation, but I have started work on a new novel about modern ghosts. In terms of finished work, I recently had my short story "Luisa" published by Literally Stories. My 2015 novel, The Eternal Parade is now available on Amazon.

Guitar: I've monkeyed around on the guitar since about eighth grade, but I didn't practice with gusto until I started my PhD program. (Correlation?) I recently discovered a love for classical guitar, and now I'm working through the online lessons on Classical Guitar Corner.