John L. Murphy
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Born in Los Angeles but should have been born in my parental Ireland. Find me at:"Blogtrotter".

Features // 2 Articles
Columns // 15 Articles
Reviews // 182 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles

"Just Walk Into That Cloud": Finding Bhutan in Books and Film | 18 Mar 2013 // 5:10 PM

"Happy peasants in bountiful fields. A King who's too good to be true.... I'm making photos, shooting video and collecting stories. Everybody in Bhutan's got a story -- some of them might even be true."

Wandering Through: An Interview with Elf Power | 6 Apr 2011 // 9:28 PM

Starring in surrealist films? Stumbling upon comic-book cover art? These are just some of the questions answered by Elf Power as they continue to celebrate the release of their 10th album.


What Would Don Draper Do? Reading Dante in a Secular Age | 24 Mar 2015 // 8:30 PM

Many readers of our generation emulate Don Draper, having lost Dante's connections to Christianity or perhaps to any such deity.

'American Interior': A Multimedia Tale of a Welsh Vision Quest | 18 Dec 2014 // 8:30 PM

Gruff Rhys' innovative, multi-platform narrative unfolds the beguiling and intriguing narrative of an enigmatic Welshman seeking out his kind... in America.


Vegan Cooks of the World, Unite! | 4 Nov 2015 // 8:05 PM

The Anarchist Cookbook, unlike William Powell's 1971 effort, espouses non-violence. It expands anarchism to its titular concerns, which is rarely found in such primers.

David Mitchell's 'Slade House' Is a Sequel, of Sorts, to 'The Bone Clocks' | 18 Oct 2015 // 8:05 PM

Akin to a bearers of a rare blood type, those selected enter a "Theatre of the Mind" where their "birth-bodies" encounter in Slade House their dreams come true.


From Manuscripts to Pop Culture, Dante Endures | 15 Jul 2015 // 5:00 AM

Dante's English Public glances at current adaptations of Dante's work, from the comic Nightcrawler's Inferno to Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves.

A Punk Collage in the Spirit of Walter Benjamin | 30 Aug 2010 // 2:00 AM

Why did punk implode so rapidly? Why did its bands flare up and fade out? And how did this movement resist yet revamp the hippies they rushed to replace?

//Mixed media

Marina and the Diamonds Wrap Up U.S. Tour at Terminal 5 (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Marina's star shines bright and her iridescent pop shines brighter. Froot is her most solid album yet. Her tour continues into the new year throughout Europe.

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