The Buffalo Lies Bleeding: Some Thoughts in Memory of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson | 23 Sep 2009 // 4:00 PM
Thompson was a writer who I admired, dismissed, combated, and loved, often all at the same time. He was the first writer who made me fall in love with the idea of becoming a writer.
Prince's Anxiety of Influence and 'Purple Rain' in the Context of '80s Pop Music | 3 Jun 2009 // 4:00 PM
Harold Bloom's The Anxiety of Influence notes how that we often attribute artistic success to being able to reconstruct our influences to create something unique, yet, as we all know, it's much more complex than that. Analyzing similar conceptual ground covered by the Police and Michael Jackson prior to Purple Rain, James Fleming dissects Prince's reaction to these other artists landmark songs, and how he was able to manifest these other pop monoliths into his own, reactionary style.