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Robert Loss
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Robert Loss teaches writing and literature at Columbus College of Art and Design. Aside from PopMatters, his critical writing about music and comics has appeared in The Comics Journal, Ghettoblaster, Heavy Feather Review, and the International Journal of Comic Art. His short fiction has been published in Filigree and Mayday. He is currently working on a novel and a book about comics. Follow him on Twitter @RobertVLoss or visit www.robertloss.org.


Features

Monday, February 27 2012

Past Present Future: An Interview with the Carolina Chocolate Drops

"Our job is to tell everyday stories about what's happening with people on the ground. It's more effective to tell a great story than it is to try to be political."


Tuesday, June 28 2011

Afflicting the Comfortable: An Interview with Terry Moore

The comic industry's great humanist talks about the end of Echo, his new series, Rachel Rising, and ponders ideas such as, "What if you mate the China syndrome with a collider?"


Sunday, June 6 2010

New Theories of Everything Prompted by Guided by Voices Appreciation Night, or, Good News

Tonight I will go belly-up in some kind of mental cloud, a meandering consideration of what tribute shows are really about, and why Guided by Voices deserves one, and what they were really about -- and that will lead to thoughts about prophecy and nihilism and Ralph Waldo Emerson and postmodernism.


Sunday, April 25 2010

High Stakes Criticism: An Interview with Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus on Van Morrison, the yarragh, the blues, the memoir, race, authenticity, imagination, his career and what constitutes 'high stakes' criticism.


Thursday, February 4 2010

Risk and Equilibrium: The Impact of Greil Marcus

The entirety of Marcus' famous 1970 "What is this shit?" review prefigures the sense of profound, disturbed wonder in the best of Marcus’ criticism.


Columns

Wednesday, June 18 2014

A Wheel Inside a Wheel: Gillian Welch's 'Time (The Revelator)'

Time (The Revelator) conjures a hazy post-millennial American dream of disappointment and ambition that's disturbed by what it sees and hears.


Sunday, April 6 2014

I Was Young When I Left Home: How Kurt Cobain's Voice Resonates

There are times when you hear Kurt Cobain sing that you believe no other voice has ever told the truth about suffering. But it's more complicated than that, isn't it?


Monday, February 24 2014

Who Does Lydia Loveless Think She Is?

With the release of her two new records, Lydia Loveless watches you watching her. Maybe you should listen, instead.


Thursday, January 23 2014

What Will We Become? R.E.M.'s "Driver 8"

In 2008 Michael Stipe introduced "Driver 8" as "a song that represents the dream of the United States of America and what it may become in the next three days." What did he mean, and has that dream come true?


Monday, October 28 2013

Power Up: Janelle Monáe, Afrofuturism, and Plurality

While most pop singers bounce from one marketable persona to another, Janelle Monáe stands her ground in this Afrofuturist vision she's been creating for about a decade. Other pop artists are tourists; she's building a city.


Reviews

Sunday, October 2 2011

The Malefactors of Great Wealth: Today Is the Best Day of My Life

Songwriter J.P. Olsen's magic far exceeds that of his hapless protagonist(s).


Sunday, December 5 2010

'Best Music Writing 2010' Ought to Be a Collection of Risks

Few magazines or websites in our increasingly silo-structured information age can achieve this anthology’s intended scope.


Tuesday, January 5 2010

The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege ... And How We Can Be Safe Again by Tom Ridge

Determinedly apolitical, refreshingly willing to shoulder responsibility, folksy, even charming, Ridge is the good soldier dangerously close to living by blind faith in his superior officers.


Sunday, December 6 2009

Saint John of the Five Boroughs by Edward Falco

This is another dilemma of postmodern realism in fiction: the culture which insists that everything is important saturates the form of the novel itself.


Tuesday, November 24 2009

Writing in the Dark, by David Grossman

Most aspects of culture, Grossman argues, teach us to resist our innate urge to identify with the Other, but writing fulfills our wonder.


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