If this is your first time visiting my site, I’d recommend checking out some of my most popular posts:
- On The Divine Comedy’s IN MAY
- A Year of “Wichita Lineman” Covers
- Livin’ That No Pants Life
- Peach Buzz: Best Places to Pee in the City of Chicago
- Talking to Phil Collins’s People
- The Smell of Wet Wood
- White Denim, The Cult of “Peg,” and My Musical Continuum
- Tom Verlaine, Live in Chicago
You can also listen to me discuss the practice of blogging on the “Blog vs. Podcast” episode of A Chatter of Fact (episode 20 via iTunes here; direct via Libsyn here).
You may also be interested in checking out my zines.
I ran the pop culture blog Wrestling Entropy from 2004 through 2010, and my writing has also appeared on Spiked, PopMatters, Daytrotter, Maura Magazine, Public Streets, and Bright Wall/Dark Room. A few of my favorite old pieces from those days include “How to Buy a Guitar in Chicago,” “On Magic: Reflections Inspired by Deceptive Practice,” and “All in the Family: On Steve McQueen’s Shame.“
I’m also a publishing industry veteran, having started my career at a midsized independent book publishing house in Chicago back in 2002.
I’ve edited and prepared for print hundreds of titles in a variety of genres, including Cherry Vanilla’s rock and roll memoir, Lick Me; the definitive biography of comedy writer Doug Kenney, A Futile and Stupid Gesture (yes, the one they made into a Netflix movie starring Will Forte as Doug Kenney); Henry Rollins’s photography book Occupants; Ned Sublette’s award-winning history of the Crescent City, The World That Made New Orleans; and Dennis McKenna’s memoir about growing up with his brother Terence, The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss.
I am currently available for consultations and freelance work. Please reach out if you have a book project that you’re looking to get off the ground! I love to collaborate and can advise on self-publishing, can connect you with cover and interior designers, and can copyedit or proofread your text using the Chicago Manual of Style.