Megan Volpert

Megan Volpert is author or editor of over a dozen books on pop culture, including a Georgia Author of the Year winner and two Lambda Literary Award finalists. Her newest work is Why Alanis Morissette Matters (University of Texas Press, 2025) and she has edited anthologies of philosophical essays on the music of Tom Petty and the television series RuPaul’s Drag Race. In addition to her integrative medicine practice, Volpert's other gigs include teaching at Kennesaw State University and Reinhardt University, and a fellowship at the American Institute for Philosophical and Cultural Thought.
The Art of Psychological Warfare

The Art of Psychological Warfare

From marketing manipulation to all-out psychological warfare, Stories Are Weapons clarifies how our world – and worldview – is seldom our own.

When Silence Roars: Rock Widows on When the Music Stops

When Silence Roars: Rock Widows on When the Music Stops

The interviews of rock widows in I Can’t Remember If I Cried reveal life for these women when their husbands exit the stage, the music stops, and the silence roars

This Lesbian Fashion History Is a Perfectly Tailored Fit

This Lesbian Fashion History Is a Perfectly Tailored Fit

With Unsuitable, lesbian fashion historian Eleanor Medhurst stitches fashion, gender, and sexuality into a perfectly tailored, comprehensive and inclusive book.

‘Dirty Dancing’ in Pre-Roe v. Wade America

‘Dirty Dancing’ in Pre-Roe v. Wade America

Andrea Warner’s book on Dirty Dancing in pre- Roe v. Wade America, The Time of My Life, is the deep dive into the film we need in these times.

‘Suffering Sappho!’ Unghosts the Lesbian in Lesbian Camp

‘Suffering Sappho!’ Unghosts the Lesbian in Lesbian Camp

Lesbian camp is not a thing of the past. It evolves and remains relevant to subsequent generations. Suffering Sappho! Unghosts the lesbian in lesbian camp.

‘Tokens’ Pays Attention to the Moneyish Side of Things

‘Tokens’ Pays Attention to the Moneyish Side of Things

Tokens is about all those things that are moneyish—monetary-like exchanges that are tracked and programmable, shady and social, hard coded and beyond borders.

Talking About a Fashion Revolution: LGBTQ+ DapperQ

Talking About a Fashion Revolution: LGBTQ+ DapperQ

Anita Dolce Vita talks about the LGBTQ+ fashion DapperQ and its ungendered revolution against the status quo.

Caroline Hagood’s ‘Filthy Creation’ Makes the Monster Within a Work of Fiction

Caroline Hagood’s ‘Filthy Creation’ Makes the Monster Within a Work of Fiction

The inner Frankenstein that informed Caroline Hagood’s non-fiction Weird Girls lurches through her new work of fiction, Filthy Creation.

McKenzie Wark’s ‘Raving’ and the Need to Dissociate from the Body and Self

McKenzie Wark’s ‘Raving’ and the Need to Dissociate from the Body and Self

McKenzie Wark’s understanding of ravespace as a constructed situation in nonlinear ketamine-time comports with my experience raving on weekends as a freshman in college.

Caroline Hagood’s ‘Weird Girls’ Prods the Monster Within to Snarling Life

Caroline Hagood’s ‘Weird Girls’ Prods the Monster Within to Snarling Life

All women should have easy access to Caroline Hagood’s bloody but unbowed heart of feminist grotesquerie, Weird Girls.

Straight Into Darkness: Tom Petty as Rock Mystic (Excerpt)

Straight Into Darkness: Tom Petty as Rock Mystic (Excerpt)

Happy 40th anniversary to Tom Petty’s Long After Dark album, an underrated manual for creatives in existential crisis. Enjoy this excerpt from Straight Into Darkness: Tom Petty as Rock Mystic.

How to Read Lauren Berlant: ‘On The Inconvenience of Other People’

How to Read Lauren Berlant: ‘On The Inconvenience of Other People’

Lauren Berlant’s oeuvre provokes ambivalence. As with their posthumous collection On The Inconvenience of Other People I consume Berlant, and Berlant consumes me.