Robert Loss teaches writing and literature at Columbus College of Art and Design. Other work about music and comic books has appeared in The Panelists, Ghettoblaster and OxMag. His short fiction has appeared in Filigree and Mayday. In his other life he fronts The Wells, a rock band in Columbus, Ohio.
Monday, February 27 2012
"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
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
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
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
The entirety of Marcus' famous 1970 "What is this shit?" review prefigures the sense of profound, disturbed wonder in the best of Marcus’ criticism.
Monday, February 24 2014
With the release of her two new records, Lydia Loveless watches you watching her. Maybe you should listen, instead.
Thursday, January 23 2014
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
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.
Sunday, August 18 2013
Traditionalism is the key to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, beginning with their devotion to the past -- but it's a past with all the rough edges, those cuts that make us bleed, rendered dull and ineffectual.
Thursday, June 6 2013
In "Accidental Racist", history is a generic blob, a "back then" that can safely take the blame for vague injustices while more recent history is overlooked in order to soothe one's own ego. 'Cause these days, it's All About You.
Sunday, October 2 2011
Songwriter J.P. Olsen's magic far exceeds that of his hapless protagonist(s).
Sunday, December 5 2010
Few magazines or websites in our increasingly silo-structured information age can achieve this anthology’s intended scope.
Tuesday, January 5 2010
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
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
Most aspects of culture, Grossman argues, teach us to resist our innate urge to identify with the Other, but writing fulfills our wonder.