About Brian Michael Murphy

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

Tesseract Days

One of the many benefits of having a child is that I’m able to read and watch good stories on a regular basis. These stories are often short, and involve bees, monkeys, elephants, frogs, fairies, spaghetti, stars, birds, and dinosaurs.…

The Thin Red Underline

In his essential, slim volume Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, Roland Barthes elaborated his theory of the punctum–that element of a photograph that “pierces” you, haunts you, pulls you into the image and resonates with something deeply personal. A few…

Skyscrapers of Light

In 1938, Westinghouse buried a time capsule in a section of Queens described as a “valley of ashes” in The Great Gatsby. The time capsule was supposed to contain a “cross-section” of life in the 1930s, and included microfilm reproductions…

The Poetics of Campus Security Alerts

Someone needs to write the book on a new genre of literature gripping the land. It is a short form; its characters are stock; its storylines nearly never begin in medias res, its resolutions are forever deferred. I am writing,…

Zen and The Art of Cover Letter Writing

The best insight I received about job applications came from a mentor who had led many search committees, who had seen the best candidates “on paper” simply bomb interviews, while others with far less stellar CVs out-shined their competitors. My…

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