About Brian Michael Murphy

Brian Michael Murphy is an Assistant Professor in the Core Division at Champlain College, and an Instructor in the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. He has published poems in SLAB, Birmingham Poetry Review, and CHEST, among other places. He holds a PhD in Comparative Studies from The Ohio State University, where he was a Presidential Fellow. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs. Follow him @raisedbymovies  

Kanye West’s New Slave Daguerreotypes

Kanye West premiered his song and video “New Slaves” by projecting it on the exterior walls of 66 buildings throughout the world. The shots in the video have only two angles: first, a close-up of West’s head in profile, and…

Charleston Heavy

I’ve loved Charleston for awhile now. The first time I saw the city’s name was on a baseball cap my dad brought back from Air Force Reserve training, one of those gifts that are rather insignificant, except that they are…

The War to Preserve Everything

I’m interested in all the different ways we use the word, the concept, the illusion of preservation, from food to corpses, from digital data to taxidermy, from photographs to endangered species, from edible, tangible, destructible things to fantastic constructs—preserving the…

No Father to His Style

On the Biz Markie’s smash hit “Just a Friend,” which I remember watching and singing along with on The Box, he sings a pleading, straining chorus over literally perfect music. Marley Marl’s drums at a relatively slow tempo compared to…

Gus, All Too Human

“I swear, Gus. You’d argue with a possum.” -Call Is Lonesome Dove the greatest miniseries of all time? I’ve definitely watched it more times than any other miniseries. Watching Roots was like jury duty–just tried to get through it, though…

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