DSC_0745.JPG
DSC_0923.JPG
DSCN3474.JPG
DSC_0932.JPG
DSC_0745.JPG

Essays and reviews


SCROLL DOWN

Essays and reviews


6fe1c589e796bff64c81da223cb0c48f_XL.jpg
 

Do the Right Thing

Oxford American. March 12, 2015. 


lead.jpg
 

From Selma to Black Power

The Atlantic. March 6, 2015.


 

What You Won’t Learn from Writers’ Letters

The New Yorker. April 2, 2013. 

DSC_0923.JPG

Conversations


Conversations


RADIO SILENCE PODCAST: Lucinda Williams

A Longreads Member Pick, a first-time-ever memoir by the great Lucinda Williams.


Radio Silence Podcast: David Remnick

I sat down with The New Yorker editor David Remnick to discuss the career of one of his favorite artists: Bob Dylan. Here's the first installment of the Radio Silence podcast series, complete with historical audio and plenty of music.


On Triple Thinking, Style, and the Need for Critics: An Interview with James Wood

An interview with literary critic James Wood, author of The Broken EstateThe Irresponsible SelfHow Fiction Works, and other books.


DSCN3474.JPG

Studio A


THE BOB DYLAN READER

Studio A


THE BOB DYLAN READER

"The most absorbing, wide-ranging and stimulating body of writing about the mighty Bob that's ever been assembled."

— Salman Rushdie

 

Hailed by Publishers Weekly as "not only the best writing on the ever-changing folk singer, but also some of the best writing about any musician around," Studio A presents Bob Dylan's unique literary legacy in a collection that is quintessentially Dylan: mosaic, offbeat, poetic. This "astutely chosen and intelligently annotated" collection (Time Out London) gathers over fifty articles, poems, essays, speeches, literary criticisms, and interviews; many previously unpublished. Individually, these pieces offer insight into the man and his time, but collectively they reveal the coming-of-age of American cultural criticism in their "sweeping view of both Dylan and the changing times he so eloquently captured in his music" (Publishers Weekly). With Sam Shepard, Bruce Springsteen, Allen Ginsberg, Johnny Cash, Greil Marcus, Joyce Carol Oates, Gary Giddins, Rick Moody, Camille Paglia, Tom Piazza, Barry Hannah, and Dylan himself among the contributors, Studio A is truly "a vital document" (New York Times) for all fans.


ORDER THE BOOK HERE


DSC_0932.JPG

Avalon Films


Avalon Films


My production company, Avalon Films, is named after the town in Mississippi where John Hurt lived. Please visit the Two Trains Runnin' tab for more information about that film. Other Avalon projects in the works include a short about the boxer Joe Louis and a feature exploring the surveillance and harassment Martin Luther King Jr. suffered at the hands of the FBI.