Writing
"Slayyyter's Inferno" - Slayyyter Interview, PopMatters, 2021
"Suddenly every 17 year old little gay boy is an A&R representative just because they have a Twitter."
Kesha "High Road" Review, PopMatters (2020)
"High Road is an unrepentant endurance test of the listener's cringe response."
"Walk of Shame: Pride and Paradox" Twink Revolution (2020)
"Pride isn't about sex, or un-sexy "queer liberation." It's about humiliation."
"All Fags Go to Heaven" Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle (2019)
On the various mysteries and fluids of love.
Lana Del Rey "Chemtrails Over the Country Club" Review, PopMatters (2021)
"Chemtrails sends up conspiracies of the self, lamenting a cultural moment in which we're told that we can't trust our instincts; that we must be crazy."
Katy Perry "Teenage Dream" 10-Year Retrospective, PopMatters (2020)
"Like it or not, three things are certain: we are born, we will die, and Teenage Dream is a perfect album."
Grimes "Miss Anthropocene" Review, Pop Matters (2020)
"Ironically, you may wind up wishing that Grimes' vision of a scorched Earth was a bit more, well, fun."
Can't Keep a Good Hollaback Girl Down: The 15th Anniversary of Love, Angel Music Baby, PopMatters (2020)
"This was the beginning of something: pop that hollers back, pop that trudges forth."
Dua Lipa, "Future Nostalgia" Review - PopMatters (2020)
"Future Nostalgia is the stuff of timeless radio gold and decade-plus careers, the sort of album that shifts the Overton window and makes pop music popular again."
Ashnikko, "Demidevil" Review - PopMatters (2021)
"In relentless pursuit of that dumb-genius sweet spot, Demidevil's worst moments wind up being just regular old stupid."
Jessy Lanza, "All the Time" Review - PopMatters (2020)
"Lanza's become a master of negative space-- a producer who can wring far more from a prolonged moment of stillness than from unleashing fireworks."
Slayyyter "Slayyyter" Review, PopMatters (2019)
"Slayyyter positions herself as pop music's first great spiritual medium- resurrecting the damned pop sounds of yore, back with a vengeance."
Katy Perry "Smile" Review, PopMatters (2020)
"If Witness was overdetermined, Smile is an earnest exhale, for better or for worse."
Flo Milli "Ho Why Is You Here?" Review, PopMatters (2020)
"The idea that a female rap project is a failure for being one-note-- especially when that note is confident and sexy-- ruins what this project has to offer: fun in its purest form."
"Dismantling the Empathy Machine: Cultural Liberalism and Its Failures" - Illinois Wesleyan University MUSE Conference, (2020)
"The uptick in identity politics ideology in pop culture is a direct result of the liberal abandonment of leftist goals for material protection-- that popular media has become the only place where a liberated future is being vouched for."
"Close Call" Hello Mr Magazine, Issue 08 (2017)
On phone sex, intimacy issues, and "faking it."
"Baggage" Red Shoes Review, (2018)
On power, trauma, and Jerry Springer.
Brooke Candy, "Sexorcism" Review - PopMatters (2019)
"Sexorcism is a filthy party record that relishes in its niche appeal, even if its comfort in discomfort makes certain songs practically unlistenable."
That Kid, "Crush" Review - PopMatters (2020)
"Crush considers things that just happened worthy of nostalgic revisiting. It revels in being too online-- specifically the sexed-up, psychotic corner of gay Twitter."
"The Way He Moves" TeenInk (2015)
On body dysmorphia, panic, and dancing like everybody is watching.
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