Oof, where does the time go, eh? It’s been a busy few months since the last time I updated. Things have been in a rush in both my professional and personal life, so I haven’t really had the bandwidth to attend to this blog, but the time is finally upon us!
First, I should say that I’m writing a ton of stuff for my day job at Software Advice, much of which you can find on the company’s resource hub. However, since I write specialty pieces about customer relationship management (CRM), marketing, and other software niches, I figure it won’t be of much interest to people who follow this blog for my critical, cultural, and creative writing, so I won’t be posting that work here unless I write something particularly noteworthy.
However, you can now find my writing in a variety of cool new venues! Let’s run things down one at a time.
The brilliant Jeanne Claire van Ryzin has started a new Austin-based “online magazine of arts, culture and ideas” called Sightlines, and it’s something pretty special. While outlets for traditional long-form journalism and criticism are shrinking in Austin, this magazine is providing an outlet for in-depth looks at topics of importance to both Austin audiences and readers everywhere.
She has kindly asked me to contribute from time to time, including in the first issue. I was excited to do so, and wrote a somewhat personal post about my sense of personal identity, some now-questionable assertions I made in my book, Retcon Game: Retroactive Continuity and the Hyperlinking of America, and the nature of critiquing the arts in a post-Trump world. Check it out here:
Bursting the bubble: Art and audience in the age of Trump
Time Out Austin
For the better part of 2016 I’ve been contributing to Time Out Austin‘s quarterly print edition, writing features about theatre/dance and also providing listings of upcoming productions. Now, I’ll be working for Time Out on a more regular basis, providing theatre/dance-related weekly blog posts. You can check out the first one here, and stay tuned to the Time Out Austin blog for weekly posts:
Four holiday theater performances to catch this winter (that aren’t The Nutcracker)
Beauty and the Bitch
My friends Morgan and Mic host their own podcast, called Beauty and the Bitch, that would be of interest to readers of my work. They cover lots of topics about geeky pop culture, genre fiction, movies, and whatever else it is they’re geeking out over at any given moment.
With the upcoming Justice League movie hitting theaters this month, they kindly invited me to come on their show and share some of my thoughts about the DCEU (DC Comics’ movie universe) and about the Justice League in general. Normally I hate how I sound in interviews, but I actually think I come off OK in this one!
Here’s the episode I appear in, but you should go back and listen to all of their shows:
Episode 023: Justice League
And finally, I’m still hard at work writing freelance reviews (and a few features) for the Austin American-Statesman/Austin360. Although almost all of these shows are long gone at the time of writing this, I wanted to post their links for posterity:
Summer Stock Austin’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ brings young stars to stage
Elvis, Johnny Cash and more come to life in Zach’s ‘Million Dollar Quartet’
Science fiction tale delivers powerful real-life messages about race
Forget story — TexArts’ ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ is all about musical fun
‘Building the Wall’ a riveting warning about political extremes
Monologue, memoir and stand-up comedy: One-man show tackles loss and language
‘Storm Still’ explores family dynamics through one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies
Austin Shakespeare finds timely political message in classic play
Broadway hit ‘Rent’ still speaks to the misfit in us all
Austin Playhouse’s ‘This Random World’ reveals the hidden ties that bind us
Glam rock meets the Bard in Hidden Room’s ‘Henry IV’
From nun to genocidal monster: Paper Chairs’ ‘Catalina de Erauso’ looks at history through different lens
Girl power puts ‘The Wolves’ ahead of the pack
Young actor gives star turn as troubled, tempestuous ‘Prodigal Son’
Texas State’s ‘A Chorus Line’ is a singular sensation
Secrets, lies and revelations in new theater company’s first production
Trouble Puppet Theater ties history to today’s politics
The Vortex’s bloody ‘Vampyress’ is an adults-only Halloween treat
Zach Theatre’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ has snazzy special effects but somewhat soggy story
‘Woman in Black’ offers classic scares for Halloween
See another powerful work from ‘Moonlight’ writer on stage in ‘The Brothers Size’
‘Dry Land’ is a gripping first production from a new Austin theater company
Young cast shines in somewhat updated, still problematic ‘Crucible’
And that’s just about that for this mega-update! Sorry for the very long lapse, and hopefully it won’t happen again.