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Slow Writing 2

My sense of faith, in the secular sense, is tested by my odd sense of careerism. Too often concerned about success, I become frozen by whatever Big Idea I’m chasing at the time and neglect the ordinary, plugging-away-at-it work I should be doing. If I were to have faith that actually doing the work would […]

Red Wheelbarrow and Botticelli

Red Wheelbarrow: The Podcast and the new issue of Botticelli are online! Check them out here. Things, as you know, got weird this spring. But over at CCAD we managed to get through it, buoyed as always by our incredible students. Usually there’s a year-end show called CHROMA, a big to-do, campus-wide. And usually our […]

Ghost Train

I’ve been trying to find a way I can help those in need, so I’ve decided to open my vaults! The first release is GHOST TRAIN: LIVE 2013, an 8-song set of me, solo, recorded in January 2013 at Eric Nassau‘s annual house concert, The Chocolate Party. Give it a spin here. You can listen […]

Black Magnolias, Prince, and the Black American Working Class

The special issue of Black Magnolias dedicated to Prince is here, live and alive, and you should read it and buy it if you can. My essay, “How the Exodus Began: Prince and the Black Working Class Imagination,” is ridiculously long and I’m grateful to editor C. Liegh McInnis for believing that all those words […]

The Columbus Anthology

I moved from Cleveland to Columbus in 2002 for grad school…and to play music. I’d always felt more kinship to the musicians I knew down here, many of them transplants from nearby Delaware, than the folks I knew up north. The Cleveland “scene,” for bands at least, was dominated by industrial and metal; down here, […]

Slow Writing

The “presentism” diagnosed by Douglas Rushkoff in his book Present Shock has now, in this shelter-in-place era of COVID-19, revealed its most neurotic symptoms: near-total absorption into the endless stream of news and commentary, mental fluttering without end, and yet, a near-total inability to say anything. Or to write anything. For me, at least. Setting […]

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