My writing has dealt with tensions between liberal and radical politics, the genealogy of reactionary thought, psychoanalysis and language, the slipperiness of cultural identity, and popular music from honky-tonk country to Detroit techno. I’ve written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Republic, Dissent, The Believer, and Jacobin, and I count George Clinton among my readers. I’ve appeared as a commentator on The Katie Halper Show on WBAI, The Listening Post on Al-Jazeera, and Chapo Trap House, as well as being cited in Newsweek and The New York Times. I’ve participated on panels at Left Forum and Theorizing the Web.
I’ve been involved with Viewpoint, an independent journal of theory and politics, since its founding during the Occupy era. My editorial role there has often taken the form of making theoretical prose accessible and pleasurable for nonacademic readers, a process I find infinitely rewarding.
I grew up in State College, Pennsylvania, and studied at Cornell University and Goldsmiths, University of London. I’ve worked in every part of the book business — library, retail, and publishing.
When time permits, I play guitar. I prefer Telecasters. I’m also an erstwhile house DJ, and still own many times my weight in 12-inch records.
I can often be found on Twitter. Too often.