Michial Farmer

Michial Farmer is the author of Imagination and Idealism in John Updike's Fiction (Camden House, 2017). His essays have appeared in Studies in Popular Culture, The Cresset, and America Magazine. He lives in Atlanta.
Randy Newman’s ‘Born Again’ Is His Best Critique of Toxic Masculinity

Randy Newman’s ‘Born Again’ Is His Best Critique of Toxic Masculinity

Randy Newman's satirical narrators lack self-reflection. This makes Newman the ideal songwriter to dismantle what would come to be called toxic masculinity.

‘Sharp-Finned, Malignant and Inescapable’: Ray Bradbury and the Uncanny

‘Sharp-Finned, Malignant and Inescapable’: Ray Bradbury and the Uncanny

We're all paranoiacs at the very heart of our being. Ray Bradbury has the special genius of knowing how to bypass our conscious minds, ever so gently, and speak directly to the lunatic within.