If this is your first time visiting my site, I’d recommend checking out some of my most popular posts:
- The Heart and Voice of Mark Eitzel
- Talking to Phil Collins’s People
- Amy Winehouse and the Wholeness of Song
- How Do Your Memories Smell?
- Livin’ That No Pants Life
- The End of an Era: Goodbye to Lincoln Square
- The Best Places to Pee in the City of Chicago
You can also listen to me discuss the practice of blogging on the “Blog vs. Podcast” episode of A Chatter of Fact.
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 recent favorite pieces 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 worked at a midsized independent book publishing house in Chicago since 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; Henry Rollins’s photography book Occupants; and Ned Sublette’s award-winning history of the city, The World That Made New Orleans. I edit to the Chicago Manual of Style and am available for consultations and freelance work.