Tobias Peterson served as PopMatters' Sport Editors and columnist (From the Cheap Seats). He holds an MA in English Literature (with a concentration in Cultural Studies) from George Mason University, where he studied representations of race in professional basketball.
Allen Ginsberg: The Politics of Ecstasy | 27 Sep 2007 // 5:00 PM
Ginsberg had an eye that took in a world full of lovers and low-lifes -- each, for him, was a song waiting to be sung.
The Thin (White) Line between Ballers and Brawlers | 23 Oct 2006 // 6:00 PM
Critics of the Miami-FIU fight are condemning the same kind of antagonism, machismo, and mayhem that is regularly reinforced as integral to football as a sport.
Play On: Get Off the Couch, Get On the Court | 26 Jan 2011 // 2:00 AM
The true measure of a fan’s joy is in play. Without it, all sports would simply cease to be.
Teams of Rivals: 'Tis the Season for Mayhem, Pranks and All Around Hating One Another | 6 Dec 2010 // 8:45 PM
Rivalry games feature a special kind of hatred -- the kind only your closest neighbor can inspire.
Poetic Orbit: ‘London: A History in Verse’ | 24 Sep 2012 // 5:05 PM
The experience of reading this anthology is much like that of stepping out of King’s Cross station and strolling the city’s streets. Walk long enough, read deeply enough, and you’ll be immersed in impressions of beauty, grime, humor, violence – often simultaneously.
'The Poets Laureate Anthology': Another Salvo in the War Against Irrelevance | 25 Apr 2011 // 4:00 PM
Anthologies such as this are a movement, or a moment, a force of expression that seeks to take up more space -- literally and figuratively -- than the book of one individual might.