I'm a writer, professor, and cultural critic. I've written two books: one on black women singers and African American writers (Black Resonance) and one on the classic soul album Donny Hathaway Live. I’m now completing a book about soul. In addition to scholarly articles on topics ranging from literary modernism to Beyoncé, I write essays for sites like The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Slate, NPR, The Root, The Fader, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. The primary purpose of this site is to collect those writings. Thank you for visiting!