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. I’ve published scholarly articles on topics ranging from literary modernism to Beyoncé, as well as essays for venues such as New Yorker.com, The Atlantic, Billboard, Pitchfork, The Root, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. The primary purpose of this site is to collect those writings. Thank you for visiting!