Christian Butler

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Christian once found the secret in a single line of poetry, but lost track of its whereabouts while frantically scrambling to find a sheet of paper and some ink. A firm believer in the sanctity of literary expression, Christian has spent the better part of two decades meticulously crafting his own voice within the Written Word. A scholar by day and a storyteller by night, Christian graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a BA in English. Obsessive, meticulous, and all too eager to curate the words that will best represent your ideas, Christian yearns for the opportunity to utilize his craft and further develop your business.

Christian has nearly fifteen years experience in the service industry, starting as a wide-eyed host at his first restaurant and eventually reaching the service manager position at a number of locations in the years that followed. Serving tables and maintaining inventories taught Christian the finer points of service and assisted him in understanding the subtleties of human interaction, though he has no intention of running a restaurant for the rest of his life. No sir, Christian’s motivations reside within the spaces between words and upon the pages of his favorite poetry.

When he isn’t working diligently for Pryde Designs, Christian can most likely be found at home with his fiancé, Natalie, and their three hellion cats. A practicing poet and an avid consumer of digital narratives such as The Last of Us and Death Stranding, Christian enjoys artistic expression in its many forms. Just don’t get him started on Dungeons & Dragons unless you have time to spare.

"At Home in the Funhouse"

I owe most of my literary prowess to comic books. Batman was a formative read that followed me into college and influenced my perspective on the role of the protagonist. This particular essay is a synthesis of deconstructionist and post-Marxist theory as it applies to Grant Morrison’s iconic graphic novel, Arkham Asylum. It’s often too easy writing about what you love, so the A was in the bag for this one.

"A Collection of short realities"

Perhaps the most disarming of my projects, this short story was written in a course I took on multicultural women’s literature. Our final project was a collection of short stories, one of which is here for your viewing pleasure. Written from the perspective of an online sex worker, this short story is meant to surprise you, perhaps even make you a little uncomfortable. It was a real challenge, but I was pleased with the postmodern stream of consciousness that eventually made its way to the page.

“The American Psyche..."

This essay details the limitations of selfhood and the strained relationship with the ‘other’ which assists in the formation of the self. As always, I utilized the great works of literature before me to ask the age-old question: do you trust yourself? And if you do, how can you be certain the reflection in the mirror is the self you service?

"grant us eyes! grant us eyes!"

This essay is a contemporary analysis of the continuation of the Gothic as it is represented in digital narratives such as Hidetaka Miyazaki’s infamous Soulsborne series. I thoroughly enjoyed bringing a more intellectual reasoning to the structure of video games, especially since the medium is only growing in popularity and reception.

"The Forbidden Fruit"

I had the pleasure of participating in a digital media course at MSU that focused on how we as internet users find and understand information, as well as how we know what we’re reading is accurate and not fueled by the profits of another. This essay examines the correlation between our engagement with social network sites such as Facebook and Instagram and our overall happiness and development.

"Wallace's Fatal Entertainment"

Have we become less attuned to the religiosity of our forefathers? Has our newfound fetishism of the World Wide Web placed a strain upon our relationship with the unseen, though devoutly worshipped? It was rather interesting examining the correlation between internet usage and the lack of religiosity, for who can be certain how the advent of the internet will ultimately affect the evolutionary track of humanity?

“The Qualifications of Heroism and the Rise of the Digital Narrative"

A lover of all things heroic, I realized the rising trend of most my thesis papers near the end of my degree. It has to be about the heroic or the tragic because what else really matters? This essays compares antiquated heroic values with contemporary hero flaws to determine just how much the hero archetype has changed throughout the years.