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

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Columns // 15 Articles
Reviews // 192 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles

"Just Walk Into That Cloud": Finding Bhutan in Books and Film | 18 Mar 2013 // 6:10 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 // 10:28 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 // 9:30 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 // 9:30 PM

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


'Wayward Heroes' and Cold War Iceland | 23 Oct 2016 // 9:15 PM

Wayward Heroes, for all its tangled itinerary, endures in this long-awaited translation as a cautionary tale for all who flock around despots or who applaud the cries of die-hards.

Punk on Paper: One Page Per Item, 550 Artifacts | 11 Oct 2016 // 3:30 AM

Oh So Pretty's value lies among those images that challenge a quickly stultifying norm.


From Manuscripts to Pop Culture, Dante Endures | 15 Jul 2015 // 6:00 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 // 3:00 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

Tricks or Treats? Ten Halloween Blu-rays That May Disrupt Your Life

// Short Ends and Leader

"The best of this stuff'll kill you.

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