He decided he wanted to be the next Hemingway while sitting in a laundromat. He abandoned his pursuit of becoming a Baptist preacher when his faith in God was shattered. His first job after graduate school, with two master’s degrees under his belt, was at a video rental store.
L.D. Russell has taken the scenic route through life, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Now in his 20th year as a lecturer in Elon University’s Department of Religious Studies, Russell is a campus enigma. His long, silver hair is pulled into an impressively neat ponytail. He is not “Mr. Russell” to his students or colleagues, but simply “L.D.” He enters his classroom with a wry, mischievous smile and a deep-seated desire to spark stimulating conversation.
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