Jonathan Tjarks
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An award-winning freelance writer who has worked with the Dallas Morning News and Talking Points Memo, Jonathan Tjarks wanted to be an NBA player growing up. But he stopped growing at 6'5, so he became a writer instead. A former rap critic at the Austin American-Statesman, he is a basketball writer at RealGM and SBNation while his writing on public policy and popular culture is collected at

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Reviews // 8 Articles
Blogs // 1 Articles

“Don’t Let Me Fall”: Hip-Hop in the Age of Austerity | 8 Feb 2012 // 3:00 PM

Rappers have always wrestled with the question of how to succeed in a society where the odds are stacked against them. The biggest difference now is that their middle class listeners have the same worries.


'Sex, Bombs and Burgers' Bombs | 12 Mar 2012 // 5:00 PM

In a a poorly-written book that never grabs the reader's attention, Nowak ignores many of the most interesting implications of his premise.

The Magician Inside Us All: Sleights of Mind' | 6 Feb 2012 // 3:00 PM

Two neuroscientists show how magicians exploit our brains' cognitive process to fool us.


Archer: A Perfect Satire of Modern America | 14 Jul 2011 // 1:35 AM

The funniest show on TV, FX's cartoon Archer, skewers the mentality of today's "Masters of the Universe" on Wall Street.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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