Robert Alford is a writer and a critic who lives in Seattle. His work has appeared, most recently, in Paste Magazine, Bookforum.com and Real Change News.
An Awesome Guy!: An Interview with Dallas Clayton | 23 Apr 2013 // 5:30 PM
Dallas Clayton once made a small little homemade book for his son. Then he put it online. Then, it became a worldwide smash. Heralded by celebrities, subject of a Google ad, and inspried by his son, PopMatters speaks to author Robert Alford about modern-day publishing, maintaining your center, and the importance of keeping your family close at all times.
"I'm Authentically Getting My Freak On": An Interview with Jamie Lidell | 11 Mar 2013 // 5:10 PM
Jamie Lidell has gone from experimental electronic boundary-pusher to soul-revival gadfly to buddy of Beck and back again. With his new album, he talks to PopMatters about influences and homages, the pushback he receives from showing them, and why he's OK with roasting in the Nashville sun ...
'It Begins and Ends With Love': A Conversation with Trans Activist Jennifer Finney Boylan | 24 Jun 2013 // 5:30 PM
Best-selling author and transgender activist Jennifer Finney Boylan discusses her new memoir in a conversation that explores the transformative power of storytelling, the redefinition of family values, and the radical potential of love.
Celebrating the Possibilities of Fiction: A Conversation with Jennifer Egan | 20 Feb 2012 // 3:00 PM
Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan discusses her unique combination of influences, the role of genre and satire in her work, and the importance of distance in her creative process.
Frontier Masculinity and Desert Symbolism in 'Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season' | 6 Jun 2013 // 10:10 PM
Is Breaking Bad a critique of the devastating potential of frontier masculinity? Or is it itself a masculine fantasy? At this point, it seems that it wants to be both.
The Wall That Divides: 'The Other Son' | 3 Apr 2013 // 8:10 PM
The Other Son peers into the depths of selfhood, asking why we so often forge our identities through opposition and exclusion. But its sensational premise and abrupt resolution detract from the film's hopeful and humanistic intent.
Perfect Twenty Years On: Ranking the Built to Spill Records | 11 Dec 2012 // 11:05 PM
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of these indie rock stalwarts out of Boise, Idaho. To commemorate the occasion, PopMatters presents this ranking of their albums, from worst to best.