About Brian Michael Murphy

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

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…

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…

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