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“ghosts from dreams of a hard, fast future”: Books Read in 2018

I just finished the A-side of Jeff Jackson’s Destroy All Monsters and it will probably be the first book I finish in 2019. And so, I think it’s time to round-up my reading from the past year: Books read in 2018: 196 Comics and graphic novels included in reading total: 57 Books of poetry included in […]

“And night, night comes to Texas”: I Only Listen to I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats

Over the past several months, Joseph Finks I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats podcast has been a particularly illuminating listen. Going song-by-song through the Mountain Goats’s 2002 All Hail West Texas, the podcast is an engaging convergence of fandom, analysis, and documentary-like insight. Co-hosted by the singular member of the Mountain Goats (at least […]

“Do the trap jump? Is the plug right?”: Books Read in 2017

As I’ve only just begun The Bughouse, I think it’s time for my annual tally: Books read in 2017: 132 Comics and graphic novels included in reading total: 23 Books of poetry included in reading total: 3 Books reread included in reading total: 2 Academic & Education related books included in reading total: 17 YA […]

“This chapter says ‘Put it out of your mind’”: Books Read in 2016

I’m slowly flipping through Tim Ferris’s Tools of Titans and a couple of academic books, so I think it’s time for my annual tally: Books read in 2016: 156 Comics and graphic novels included in reading total: 30 Books of poetry included in reading total: 2 Books reread included in reading total: 2 Academic & […]

“Gnawing my way back home”: Books Read in 2015

I’m currently halfway through Paul Murray’s The Mark and the Void and not likely to finish it before 2015 is over. For the 7th year in a row, here’s my breakdown of books read over the past year: Books read in 2015: 162 Comics and graphic novels included in reading total: 28 Books of poetry included […]

Dangerous and the Revolution of Michael Jackson’s Panther Dance

I’m loving one of the recent 33 1/3 books (the 100th volume?!) focusing on Michael Jackson’s Dangerous. I distinctly remember buying the album just as I began flirting with my own sense of musical interest. My friend down the street would regularly play the record when we were hanging out, while a separate group would […]

Fandom, Ownership, and Improvisation: A Triptych on Improvisation

I Last night Ally and I made the trek to Boulder to see the Brad Mehldau trio perform. I’d seen Mehldau a couple of times back in LA (he’s even released an album titled after my favorite venue). I hadn’t paid attention to the fact that the show was Mehldau performing as part of a […]

Kanye and Old Glory: A Confrontational Soul

I was sitting on the deck of a pirate ship in a non-descript office building in San Francisco celebrating the nuptials of my close friends from earlier in the day when a voice next to me said, “I heard you like Kanye West.” I knew it was bait. And I took it. An hour later […]

Beautiful Dark Twisted Pedagogy: New Article in Radical Teacher

My article, “Beautiful Dark Twisted Pedagogy: Kanye West and the Lessons of Participatory Culture,” is now  available in the most recent issue of Radical Teacher. It can be read here.  Here’s an abstract:  This article builds off of the author’s classroom experience as a high school teacher in South Central Los Angeles and looks at […]

The Problematic Charity of Jay Z’s Picasso Baby

Over the weekend I watch the extended music-video-quasi-art-thing Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film. I would argue it’s one of those three nouns: a performance. And while I think Jay Z has been making  strong efforts at pushing himself and the hip-hop genre into loftier domains, I think Picasso Baby is representative of what’s wrong […]