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Review of The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs

My review essay, “Nothing Has Been Done Before,” about Greil Marcus’ superb The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs has been published at Public Books. Here’s a very brief excerpt: “The book’s goal is to de-organize and destabilize such neat and redemptive narrative structures and register a subtle protest against the reductive nostalgia […]

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From the Vault: Midwestern Doxology

“Midwestern Doxology” was originally published in Oxford Magazine in 2009. Combining the personal essay with politics, it was inspired by the presidential campaign of 2008 and the portrait of the Midwest being thrown around as this homogenous, conservative playground. Which it is not. Since this essay was published, some of my opinions have changed regarding […]