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 Public Books, The Comics Journal, Ghettoblaster, and elsewhere. His short fiction has been published in Filigree and Mayday. He is currently working on a novel, a book about comics, and a book about popular music and the aesthetic of the new. Follow him on Twitter @RobertVLoss or visit his website RobertLoss.org.
Past Present Future: An Interview with the Carolina Chocolate Drops | 27 Feb 2012 // 3:00 PM
"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."
Afflicting the Comfortable: An Interview with Terry Moore | 28 Jun 2011 // 4:00 PM
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?"
Spectacle of Empty Gestures: Rihanna's "American Oxygen" | 5 May 2015 // 9:30 PM
The problem isn't that Rihanna's "American Oxygen" fails as political art, it's that we might consider it a success instead of a mere gesture.
Bill O'Reilly's Rock & Roll Machine | 7 Apr 2015 // 8:30 PM
Nostalgia has its uses, its benefits. But is it useful and beneficial when it obscures the reality of the past and present, usually in the service of power, prestige, and making a buck?
The Malefactors of Great Wealth: Today Is the Best Day of My Life | 2 Oct 2011 // 3:59 PM
Songwriter J.P. Olsen's magic far exceeds that of his hapless protagonist(s).
'Best Music Writing 2010' Ought to Be a Collection of Risks | 5 Dec 2010 // 3:00 PM
Few magazines or websites in our increasingly silo-structured information age can achieve this anthology’s intended scope.