About Brian Michael Murphy

Brian Michael Murphy is a poet, Ph.D. Candidate and Presidential Fellow at Ohio State. Follow him @raisedbymovies

The Low Pass Theory, Part 2

Beyond the dense childhood memories of musical sound sieved through cinder block, another archetypal memory carried by a number of hip hop producers and artists—including KRS-ONE, the RZA, as well as Da Beatminerz—is the memory of walking through New York…

The Low Pass Theory, Part 1

The scene is always the same. My feet are planted far too close to a tower of speakers, my head nodding with near-injurious enjoyment to some now-obscure track selected by the DJ, as he tests how many real hip hop…

Basic Instructions for Being Human

These days, I’m thinking much about my love for liberal education and the ways in which it continues to be relevant in the world of screens, as the virtual begins to feel more real than the real. I find myself…

Catching Up on Bestsellers

As a kid, I never read novels, graphic or otherwise. My brother read comic books, choose-your-adventure stories, Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, an assortment of Afrocentric tomes from Black Arts Plus, down on Parsons Avenue, and more. A good friend of mine,…

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