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 // 184 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles
//Features

"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.

//Columns

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.

//Reviews

Loss and Selfishness, Isolation and Pleasure and Other Themes in Italian Literature | 1 Feb 2016 // 8:05 PM

Tim Parks' A Literary Tour of Italy is no tour guide of the haunts of famous writers; it's an informative choice for readers seeking the best that Italian writers can offer.

'Drawing Blood' and Doing Violence to Clichés | 17 Dec 2015 // 8:05 PM

When Molly Crabapple stares down danger and corruption, and when she investigates the long reach of terror and greed, she succeeds.

//Blogs

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
//Blogs

In Motion: On the Emptiness of Progress

// Moving Pixels

"Nils Pihl calls it, "Newtonian engagement", that is, when "an engaged player will remain engaged until acted upon by an outside force". That's "progress".

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