About Brian Michael Murphy

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

Storytelling Now, or, Watching Movies at the Gym

At Eastern Tennessee State University, you can earn a Master of Arts in Storytelling. Located in Johnson City, Tennessee, “in the heart of traditional storytelling country,” the next town over is Jonesborough, home to the National Storytelling Festival, the National…

Not Guilty–Of Course

Out of the hurricane of words published in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, I found Robin D.G. Kelley’s essay, “The U.S. v. Trayvon Martin: How the System Worked,” to be the most affecting, accurate, sober piece, especially in its…

The Literary Self(ie)

My favorite part of any literary biography or memoir is usually the glossy white section with the photographs. The photo section, along with the text, constructs the literary self we imagine generates the narrative. My favorite images of this genre…

This Is Your Writing On Drugs

Many writers would love to use words the way Alex Rodriguez plays baseball. And many have availed themselves of “performance-enhancing drugs” (PEDs), but writers’ culture is such that there will never be asterisks on lists of Nobel Prize laureates, National…

Café of the Future

The Long Now Foundation is hiring volunteers to curate their “Manual for Civilization,” a collection of 3500 volumes to be shelved in the Long Now Salon. Founded in “01996,” Long Now seeks “to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in…

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