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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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Interview with Future of Music Coalition re: Net Neutrality

I had the opportunity to interview Kevin Erickson from Future of Music Coalition about the impending vote to end net neutrality and its impact on musicians and the broader music ecosystem. Many thanks to Kevin and PopMatters for turning this around so quickly. Read the interview here. An excerpt:    

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Statement on Net Neutrality

Net neutrality protects the true democratic potential of the internet: that anyone, regardless of wealth or social status, may produce new thought, knowledge, forms of expression, goods, and services, and contribute to the creation of new communities. While it’s true that the internet is by no means perfect, eliminating net neutrality would remove a critical […]

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Upcoming Author Talk in Columbus

I’m thrilled to be giving a free author talk about Nothing Has Been Done Before at the Bexley Public Library this coming Thursday, December 7, from 7pm to 8pm. Bexley is just east of downtown Columbus. The library has hosted some terrific authors. Click here and say you’ll be there. I’ll have copies of the […]

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Nothing Has Been Done Before Has a Website

I created a website full of resources for my new book, Nothing Has Been Done Before: Seeking the New in 21st Century American Literature. Go here and bookmark: http://nothinghasbeendonebefore.com The site includes audio and visual, a complete discography, outtakes, and more. Those resources won’t update much–though I’m still building the annotations for the discography–but I’ll […]

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Protomartyr at PopMatters

My latest column at PopMatters concerns the great band Protomartyr, from its first album to its latest, Relatives in Descent. Here’s an excerpt: Relatives in Descent is, musically, a more contemplative and less full-throttle Protomartyr album than the three which precede it. I almost wrote “intellectual”, which in some circles — (some) punk, pop country, […]

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Nothing Has Been Done Before: Book Launch

Click here to say you’ll be stopping by for the party. The book is out the same day: Thursday, Nov. 2. Pre-order at Bloomsbury or Amazon if you can’t make the party. (Also, please consider buying from your local bookstore.) Here’s the excellent cover:

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The Latest: Shake It Up and Twin Peaks

A day late and a dollar short, as usual, but here we go: My review of the rock ‘n’ pop writing anthology SHAKE IT UP is live at Los Angeles Review of Books, one of my favorite sites for criticism. A lot of leftovers from this one which I hope to get posted here in […]