I write a lot, and some of it finds its way across the web. Here’s a directory to some of the highlights. In a few cases, the original host has succumbed to link rot, and I’ve reposted the material here on my own site.

We’ve Been Had

is a podcast I do with my friend Chad Cook, where we are going through the catalog of the band Uncle Tupelo song by song. It gets pretty lively and funny, and goes to strange places.

ARTPAL! 

is my art podcast. Season one, all of which is posted and available, is a rogue audioguide to a collection of works on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It’s kind of my attempt to make the stuff I learned in grad school fun and accessible. Check it out!

Slate

Strange Beast – An article I did for the Slate Book Review about my young infatuation and then disillusionment with the work of author Tom Robbins. Published June 2014.

Recent Essays and History / Art History Jams Posted Here

Approach the Throne: Serena Williams, Sports Illustrated, and Third-Wave Feminsim – Extended piece on the way Sports Illustrated has photographed Serena Williams over the years, and how she turned the power dynamic on its ear when she was named Sportsperson of the Year.

Thomas Eakins, Brushing Against the Limits of Science – Art historical examination about a great American painter of the 19th century who palled around with scientists who thought they’d discovered everything, and how that belief blew up in their and Eakins’ faces.

Your Favorite Band is Probably Just Fine – A jeremiad against music snobbery and gatekeeping, embedded in a discussion of a couple of music podcasts.

Somebody Go Back and Get a Shitload of Dimes, or Postmodernism Is Closer Than You Think¬†– An attempt to explain everyone’s favorite cultural bogeyman by pointing out that Blazing Saddles is a verrrry postmodern movie.

A Brief Visual Walk Through the History of Black Militant Imagery – Just what it says it is. Art historical trip that ranges from Public Enemy to the heroes of the Haitian Revolution, with lots of stops in between.

There and Back Again, for Once – Revisiting Tolkien and trying to figure out how much World War 1 factors into his books.

Wicket Don’t Surf – In 1982, George Lucas tricked a nation still deep into post-Vietnam freakout mode into rooting for thinly-coded Viet Cong analogues.

The Past Is Another Country – Autobio piece about old country music.

McSweeney’s

Journal of a New COBRA Recruit (2002)
Journal Of A Seasoned COBRA Veteran (2006)
Journal of a COBRA Special Forces Veteran (2011)
Three ridiculous, linked humor pieces mocking the cartoons of my youth. I’m proud to say that I got some nice emails from Larry Hama, the guy who wrote the Marvel G.I. Joe comics in the 80s (which were actually really good, and not much like the very silly TV cartoons) about these pieces.

The Rake

Portrait of the Artist as a Non-Artist (2003) – An article about National Novel Writing Month, approaching it by reviewing my own terrible NaNoWriMo output.

Go Loudly into the Night (2004) – Coverage of an adult “rock band” class at MacPhail Music Center.

Cover Letters I’d Like to Send (2004) – Humor piece, straight-up silliness.

Drat! (2005) – Piece on comic book movies in general and the first Fantastic Four movie in particular. I don’t remember what my suggested title was, but I know it wasn’t “Drat!”

Reality is the New Fantasy (2006) – Profile of the very excellent St. Paul comic artist Ryan Kelly

Pulse of the Twin Cities

Bob Mould: “This is my life’s work.” (2005) – Interview and profile of musician Bob Mould

Other

A Bad Day to Be A Sturgeon (2005) – Essay I wrote about a bizarre sturgeon-spearing season in Wisconsin. Originally appeared on the now-defunct American Nerd.

Eschaton Lite (2010) – Set of playable rules I wrote for the Eschaton game which figures prominently in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. This piece was in turn the basis for a story in Outside Magazine.

The People Who Run Things (2004) – Weird physics-based fiction piece that ran in the lit anthology The Diagram.

 

You may also want to look at my index of my comics, music, and other stuff.

 

 

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