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… Continue reading Statement on Net Neutrality

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 book… Continue reading Upcoming Author Talk in Columbus

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.comThe 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 update it… Continue reading Nothing Has Been Done Before Has a Website

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, the… Continue reading Protomartyr at PopMatters

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 an… Continue reading The Latest: Shake It Up and Twin Peaks

The Latest: An Interview with Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs

I had the great fortune to interview Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs last month for PopMatters. I don't conduct interviews very often, but as a Whigs fan since 1994, I jumped at the chance. It came a difficult time for Dulli and everyone in the Whigs/Twilight Singers extended family--it's explained in the article--so I… Continue reading The Latest: An Interview with Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs

The Latest: Algiers at PopMatters

My July column, "Algiers and the Political Structures of Noise," is up at PopMatters: read it here. I've been a fan of the band Algiers since their debut self-titled album. Nobody else sounds like they do: a bucketful of warm soul and cold techno-punk...or is it cold soul and warm techno-punk? Their fusion is utterly… Continue reading The Latest: Algiers at PopMatters

Power Play: Brian Williams, Leonard Cohen, and “First We Take Manhattan”

My new column is up at PopMatters. Read it here. One of the more interesting discoveries in researching this piece was finding the videotaped interview from Toronto 1988 from which the prominent quote about "First We Take Manhattan" is taken. The quote from Part I of the interview that I included sheds a little light… Continue reading Power Play: Brian Williams, Leonard Cohen, and “First We Take Manhattan”