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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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Getting There

The majority of this site is in place, finally. I’ll be redirecting my Nothing Has Been Done Before site here; it doesn’t make any sense to keep two websites going with so many overlapping purposes and resources. All of the book resources have been transferred here. I hope to get more photos and music uploaded […]

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Background

Brief Review of Novelty: A History of the New

One of my recent goals is to have more of a presence at Goodreads, and so it makes sense to write some reviews. When they concern my own book, I’ll post a link here at my site–which is what I’m doing tonight with Michael North’s Novelty: A History of the New. It’s an off-the-cuff review, […]

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PopMatters Updates

My new new column is up at PopMatters: “Kanye West: The Iconoclast Gives In.” Go there now! So, yeah, the essay is about exactly what you think it’s about: how newness has led Kanye astray. (That’s what you were expecting, right?) Unfortunately it’s not exactly an artistic newness, which is why it’s taken him into […]

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Updates

Um, been a while. That means I’ve been busy. Updates are best found at the website for my book, Nothing Has Been Done Before. Here are a couple of direct links, though: Review of Nothing Has Been Done Before at PopMatters. An expanded version of the talk I gave this past week at the Prince […]

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New Sessions

Prince and The Event

This talk was originally presented at the “Prince from Minneapolis” conference held at the University of Minnesota April 16-18, 2018. While it establishes the same arguments I make in the Prince chapter in Nothing Has Been Done Before about why Prince in the 1980s qualifies as an event (as the philosopher Alain Badiou defines the […]

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Other Music Writing

PopMatters: Wild Wild Country

My most recent column at PopMatters is here. After being emotionally and ideologically messed with (in a good way) by the documentary Wild Wild Country, I had to write about Bill Calahan’s song “Drover,” how it’s used in the film, and the many layers of meaning and response–which, like the film, kept expanding. Here’s an […]

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Events News

Prince from Minneapolis

I’ll be presenting a paper titled “Prince and the Event” at the Prince from Minneapolis conference this week. If you happen to be there, I hope we run into each other. Look me up on Twitter. My talk builds off of the chapter about Prince in Nothing Has Been Done Before but takes a little […]

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New Sessions

Boris Groys on “On the New”

I’ve been meaning to share this fairly recent interview with Boris Groys published in Krisis late last year. It’s almost entirely a reflection on Groys’ book On the New, which was originally published in 1992 and features heavily in my own book. Interviewer Thijs Lijster does an excellent job leading us through the book with […]

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CCAD New Books

Pleased as punch to be reading at CCAD next week with my colleagues Janet Beard and Anna Soter, who also have new books out. Free to the public! Hope to see you there. Here’s a link to the Facebook event page.