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… Continue reading Prince and The Event

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… Continue reading PopMatters: Wild Wild Country

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… Continue reading Boris Groys on “On the New”

Listening To: Pop Resistance

I'm looking forward to this event coming up Thursday Feb. 15 in which I get to not only discuss Afrofuturism and pop music's political resistance, but I get to do so with Sharon Udoh of the terrific local band Counterfeit Madison. "Listening To: Pop Resistance" will be an informal listening event featuring plenty of music… Continue reading Listening To: Pop Resistance