Longer Essays

 

    Title: "On Transcendent Metamodernism"

    Date: July 27, 2014

    Link to Document: PDF

   

    Title: "The Golden Age of American Poetry Is Now"

    Date: August 3, 2013

    Publication: Spoon River Poetry Review (38.1)

    Link to Document: PDF

 
  Shorter Essays 

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2015

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➤   "10 Reasons 'Force Awakens' Is the Best 'Star Wars' Film," The Huffington Post, December 31, 2015 {Link} #film

➤   "20 More Plot Holes in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,'" The Huffington Post, December 22, 2015 {Link} #film

➤   "40 Unforgivable Plot Holes in 'The Force Awakens," The Huffington Post, December 21, 2015 {Link} #film

➤   "We Must Fix This Major Glitch in Constitutional Law," The Huffington Post, November 11, 2015 {Link} #law

➤   "The Month in Metamodernism #3," The Huffington Post, July 21, 2015 {Link} #metamod

➤   "The Month in Metamodernism #2," The Huffington Post, June 11, 2015 {Link} #metamod

➤   "The Month in Metamodernism #1," The Huffington Post, June 1, 2015 {Link} #metamod

 

➤   "Five More Basic Principles of Metamodernism," The Huffington Post, May 12 {Link} #metamod

➤   "What Into the Woods Has to Do With David Foster Wallace," Indiewire, April 28, 2015 {Link} #film

 

➤   "Ten Basic Principles of Metamodernism," The Huffington Post, April 27, 2015 {Link} #metamod

 

➤   "Metamodern Literature and the Metaverse," The Huffington Post, April 15, 2015 {Link} #metamod

 

➤   "The Metamodernist Manifesto," The Huffington Post, April 8, 2015 {Link} #metamod

 

➤   "15 Questions: An Interview with Seth Abramson," BlazeVOX, March 29, 2015 {Link} #interview

 

➤   "Josh Kalscheur with Seth Abramson: An Interview," The Conversant, March 7, 2015 {Link} #interview

 

➤   "Franco's Let Me Get What I Want Proves That the Kid's All Right," Indiewire, February 23, 2015 {Link} #film

 

➤   "Book Erases Boundary Between Poetry and Nonfiction," The Huffington Post, January 12, 2015 {Link} #poetry

 

 

 

 

 

2014

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➤   "The Philosophy Behind James Franco's The Interview," The Huffington Post, December 18, 2014 {Link} #metamod

 

➤   "Gorillaz' Plastic Beach Is Our A Hard Day's Night," Indiewire, December 8, 2014 {Link} #film

 

➤   "Six Reasons Wisconsin Should Make the College Football Playoff," SB Nation, December 1, 2014 {Link} #sports

 

➤   "Too Many Cooks Is a Political Statement Worth Hearing," Indiewire, November 21, 2014 {Link} #tv #film

 

➤   "I Don't Believe a Word of This and Explicitly Denounce Every Syllable," Nailed, November 14, 2014 {Link} #poetry

 

➤   "Chris Nolan's Interstellar Offers Us a New 'Theory of Everything'", Indiewire, November 12, 2014 {Link} #film

 

➤   "Birdman Is the Iron Man Finale You've Been Waiting For," Indiewire, November 6, 2014 {Link} #film #metamod

 

➤   "Can Trolling Media Outlets Revitalize U.S. Poetry?", The Huffington Post, October 31, 2014 {Link} #metamod

➤   "Hawkeye, Normcore Avenger," Indiewire, October 22, 2014 {Link} #comics #metamod


➤   "Metamodernism: The Basics (Part III)", The Huffington Post, October 20, 2014 {Link} #poetry #metamod

 

➤   "Metamodernism: The Basics (Part II)", The Huffington Post, October 15, 2014 {Link} #poetry #metamod

 

➤   "Metamodernism: The Basics (Part I)", The Huffington Post, October 13, 2014 {Link} #poetry #metamod

 

➤   "The State of Risk in Postmodern Verse (Part 2)," The Huffington Post, October 7, 2014 {Link} #poetry #metamod

 

➤   "The Missing Scarf Forecasts Our Adorable, Inescapable Apocalypse," Indiewire, October 3, 2014 {Link} #film

 

➤   "The State of Risk in Postmodern Verse," The Huffington Post, October 1, 2014 {Link} #poetry #metamod

 

➤   "T.C. Boyle, 'On So-Called Metamodernism'", Nailed, September 22, 2014 {Link} #poetry #metamod

 

➤   "Why James Franco's 'Making a Scene' Is Worth Your Patience," Indiewire, September 19, 2014 {Link} #tv

 

➤   "Rick and Morty: The Ballad of Abradolf Lincler," Indiewire, September 5, 2014 {Link} #tv #metamod

 

➤   "Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (V)," The Huffington Post, August 29, 2014 {Link} #metamod

➤   "Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (IV)," The Huffington Post, August 27, 2014 {Link} #metamod

➤   "Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (III)," The Huffington Post, August 25, 2014 {Link} #metamod

➤   "Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (II)," The Huffington Post, August 22, 2014 {Link} #metamod

➤   "Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (I)," The Huffington Post, August 15, 2014  {Link} #metamod

 

➤   "Metamodernist Manifesto: Rebirth of the Author," The Huffington Post, August 1, 2014  {Link} #metamod

 

➤   "Outlaw Country Goes Psychedelic: An Interview with Sturgill Simpson," August 14, 2014 {Link} #interview

➤   "Anthology of Metamodern Literature Hits U.S. Bookshelves," The Huffington Post, May 11, 2014 {Link} #metamo

➤   "The Widening Gender Gap in Contemporary American Poetry," The Huffington Post, April 21, 2014 {Link} #poetry

➤   "Is James Franco a Creep?Thank God We'll Never Know", Indiewire, April 7, 2014 {Link} #film

➤   "Hannah Horvath Is the Last Thing the Writers' Workshop Needs," Indiewire, March 31, 2014 {Link} #tv #mfa

➤   "What's Behind the Puzzling Bum Rap True Detective Has Gotten?", Indiewire, March 21, 2014 {Link} #tv

➤   "South Park: The Stick of Truth Is a Fantasy RPG That's All Too Real," Indiewire, March 14, 2014 {Link} #tv

 

➤   "Talks on Metamodernism With Seth Abramson," As It Ought To Be, March 12, 2014 {Link} #interview #metamod

 

➤   "Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty Is Exactly That," Indiewire, February 28, 2014 {Link} #film

 

➤   "The Lego Movie: Metamodernism for Kids," Indiewire, February 14, 2014 {Link} #film #metamod

➤   "On American Metamodernism," The Huffington Post, February 7, 2014 {Link} #metamod

 

➤   "Is Martin Scorsese's Latest Offering Unbelievable on Purpose?", Indiewire, January 31, 2014. {Link} #film

 

➤   "3 Poems and An Interview with Seth Abramson," Poem of the Week, January 29, 2014. {Link} #interview #poetry

 

➤   "The Public Apology of Shia LaBeouf," The Huffington Post, January 13, 2014. {Link} #film #poetry #metamod

 

➤   "Shia LaBeouf: Plagiarist or Genius?", Indiewire, January 10, 2014. {Link} #film #poetry #metamod

 

 

 

2013

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➤   "A Metamodern Sonnet for 2013," The Huffington Post, December 31, 2013 {Link} #poetry #metamod

➤   "Top 5 Most Preposterous Scenes in Desolation of Smaug," The Huffington Post, December 14, 2013. {Link} #film

 

➤   "Ted Cruz Supporters Offer 'Eulogy' for Mandela," The Huffington Post, December 6, 2013. {Link} #poetry #politics

 

➤   "Interview on Reviewing with Seth Abramson," The Huffington Post, November 1, 2013. {Link} #poetry #interview

 

➤   "Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dons the Jerk Gear for Don Jon," Indiewire, October 17, 2013. {Link} #film #politics

 

➤   "You Got the Miley You Paid For, America," Indiewire, October 10, 2013. {Link} #tv #mfa

 

➤   "15 Truths About the U.S. Criminal Justice System," Boston Review, September 18, 2013. {forthcoming} #law

 

➤   "Why American Movie Classics' Hell on Wheels Is a Hot Mess," Indiewire, August 30, 2013. {Link} #tv

 

➤   "The Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry in 2013," The Huffington Post, August 13, 2013. {Link} #poetry

 

➤   "The Most Interesting Thing About Conceptualism Is It Doesn't Exist," Volta, August 6, 2013. {Link} #poetry

 

➤   "America, Meet Your Poets," The Huffington Post, July 30, 2013. {Link} #poetry #mfa

 

➤   "How 'Orange Is the New Black' Humanizes Inmates," The Washington Post, July 26, 2013. {Link} #tv #politics

 

➤   "Is Reggie Watts the Most Important Artist of the Century?", Indiewire, July 23, 2013. {Link} #film #tv #poetry

 

➤   "Ten Things You Need to Know About Metamodernism," The Huffington Post, July 22, 2013. {Link} #poetry

 

➤   "On Literary Metamodernism," The Huffington Post, July 20, 2013. {Link} #poetry #mfa #metamod

 

➤   "Zimmerman Case Proves the Left Was Right on Crime," The Huffington Post, July 14, 2013. {Link} #politics

 

➤   "Are the Belchers of Bob's Burgers the New All-American Family?", Indiewire, July 5, 2013. {Link} #tv

 

➤   "An Open Letter to Richard Linklater: Let Jesse and Celine Separate," Indiewire, June 21, 2013. {Link} #film

 

➤   "Why Is Contemporary American Poertry So Good?", The Huffington Post, June 20, 2013. {Link} #poetry

 

➤   "You Are What You Play With: How Sesame Street Generated a Generation, Indiewire, June 18, 2013. {Link} #tv

 

➤   "Attention Red Wedding Crashers: Enjoy a Best-in-Genre Moment," Indiewire, June 7, 2013. {Link} #film

➤   "The Dangers of An Empty Suit: Marvel Comics' War on War Continues," Indiewire, June 4, 2013. {Link} #film   

➤   "The Golden Age of American Poetry Is Now," Spoon River Poetry Review, 2013. {Link} #poetry   

➤   "On What Is Amazing," Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library, April 28, 2013. {Link} #poetry

➤   "On Ed Dorn's 'Gunslinger'", Voltage Poetry, March 21, 2013. {Link} #poetry



➤  "A Singular Moment in the Historicity of Letters," Philadelphia Review of Books, March 18, 2013. {Link} #poetry

➤   "The Fuzzy Logic of 'Wilfred': How FX Turned a Dog Suit Inside Out," Indiewire, February 27, 2013. {Link} #tv

➤   "On Tarantino, Race, and the Genre Question," Philadelphia Review of Books, February 21, 2013. {Link} #film

➤   "A 'Next Big Thing' Self-Interview: Seth Abramson," Facebook, February 13, 2013. {Link} #interview #poetry

 

   "The Association of Writing Programs Strikes Back," LitBridge, February 11, 2013. {Link} #mfa



➤   "​Exactly How Big Is a Hobbit?", Philadephia Review of Books, January 17, 2013. {Link} #film



➤   "​Fantasy, Film, and Other F-Words," Philadephia Review of Books, January 24, 2013. {Link} #film

➤   "​Out of the Frying Pan and Onto the Screen," Philadephia Review of Books, January 31, 2013. {Link} #film



➤   "Dislike Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit'? You Don't Know Tolkien," Huffington Post, January 3, 2013. {Link} #film



➤   "Tolkien Would Be Proud of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit,'" Huffington Post, December 27, 2013. {Link} #film

 



2012

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➤   "Teaching in the Margins," Full Stop, November 8, 2012. {Link} #interview


➤   "An Open Letter to Governor Romney," We Represent the 47 Percent, September 21, 2012. {Link} #politics



➤   "Is Writing a Learned Skill or a Natural Talent?", LitBridge, September 14, 2012. {Link} #poetry #interview

➤   "1/2 Dozen: An Interview with Julianna Baggott," Baggott Asher & Bode, September 7, 2012 {Link} #interview



➤   "Further Reading on the 2013 MFA Index," Poets & Writers, August 17, 2012. {Link} #mfa



➤   "100 Ways Poetry Is in Your Life," Suburban Ecstasies, August 4, 2012. {Link} #poetry



➤   "On the Power of Positive Poetry-Reviewing: Part II," Suburban Ecstasies, July 18, 2012. {Link} #poetry



➤   "There's a War On in American Poetry: Part III," Suburban Ecstasies, July 15, 2012. {Link} #poetry



➤   "On the Power of Positive Poetry-Reviewing: Part I," Suburban Ecstasies, July 15, 2012. {Link} #poetry



➤   "A Poetics," Suburban Ecstasies, July 15, 2012 {Link} #poetry



➤   "The Disintegrating Quality of Avant-Garde Discourse: Part II," Suburban Ecstasies, July 10, 2012. {Link} #poetry



➤   "The Disintegrating Quality of Avant-Garde Discourse: Part I," Suburban Ecstasies, July 10, 2012. {Link} #poetry



➤   "There's a War On in American Poetry: Part II," Suburban Ecstasies, July 8, 2012. {Link} #poetry

➤   "There's a War On in American Poetry: Part I," Suburban Ecstasies, July 5, 2012. {Link} #poetry

➤   "The Death of the Academy & the New Avant-Garde," Suburban Ecstasies, June 22, 2012. {Link} #poetry #mfa

➤   "The Silliman Paradox," Suburban Ecstasies, June 11, 2012. {Link} #poetry

➤   "A Brief History of the Creative Writing MFA: Part III," Suburban Ecstasies, June 11, 2012. {Link} #mfa

➤   "A Brief History of the Creative Writing MFA: Part II," Suburban Ecstasies, June 10, 2012. {Link} #mfa

➤   "A Brief History of the Creative Writing MFA: Part I," Suburban Ecstasies, June 9, 2012. {Link} #mfa

➤   "The Avant-Garde's Opposition to MFAs: Part II," Suburban Ecstasies, June 3, 2012. {Link} #mfa #poetry

 

➤  "The Avant-Garde's Opposition to MFAs: Part I," Suburban Ecstasies, June 3, 2012. {Link} #mfa #poetry



➤   "On Poetry: Sine Waves," Hunger Mountain, April 8, 2012. {Link} #mfa



 

 

2011

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➤   "The Livelihoods of the Poets," New York Magazine, December 11, 2011. {Link} #interview #mfa #poetry

➤   "Methodology Article," Poets & Writers, September 1, 2011. {Link} #mfa

➤   "I Am Corrupted," Northern Poetry Review, August 9, 2011. {Link} #poetry


➤   "Are Major League Baseball Teams Endangering Their Fans?", Huffington Post, July 11, 2011. {Link} #sports



➤   "On Terese Svoboda's Pirate Talk or Mermalade," Devil's Lake, May 30, 2011. {Link} #poetry



➤   "Top 25 Underrated Creative Writing MFA Programs: 2011-2012," Huffington Post, April 18, 2011. {Link} #mfa

➤   "Penn State to Cut Top-Ranked MFA Program," Huffington Post, April 6, 2011. {Link} #mfa

➤   "The Controversy Over Controversy," Harriet (The Poetry Foundation), February 15, 2011. {Link} #poetry

➤   "Top 10 Creative Writing MFA Program Websites," Huffington Post, January 24, 2011. {Link} #mfa



 

 

2010 and Earlier

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➤   "Six More Myths About the Creative Writing MFA," Huffington Post, December 26, 2010. {Link} #mfa



➤   "James Frey and the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts," Huffington Post, November 26, 2010. {Link} #mfa



➤   "The Decline of the New York City MFA," Huffington Post, September 22, 2010. {Link} #mfa



➤   "The New Face of the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts," Huffington Post, October 28, 2010. {Link} #mfa



➤   "Top 25 Underrated Creative Writing MFA Programs: 2010-2011," Huffington Post, October 8, 2010. {Link} #mfa



➤   "Columbia Professor's Email to Students Was Pure Fiction," Huffington Post, October 1, 2010. {Link} #mfa

➤   "Six Myths About the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts," Huffington Post, September 7, 2010. {Link} #mfa



➤   "Methodology Article," Poets & Writers, September 1, 2010. {Link} #mfa



➤   "A Conversation About Arizona, Immigration, and Race: Part II," Flatmancrooked, May 21, 2010. {Link} #law



➤   "A Conversation About Arizona, Immigration, and Race: Part I," Flatmancrooked, May 19, 2010. {Link} #law



➤   "An Open Letter to Poets Who Hate the Creative Writing MFA," Flatmancrooked, April 11, 2010. {Link} #mfa


➤   "Q&A: American Poetry," Poetry Society of America, March 10, 2010. {Link} #interview



➤   "Seth Abramson Responds to James McGirk," More Intelligent Life, January 5, 2010. {Link} #mfa

➤   "Methodology Article," Poets & Writers, November 1, 2009. {Link} #mfa

➤   "An Interview with The Sycamore Review," The Sycamore Review, September 30, 2009. {Link} #interview



➤   "On Guillaume Apollinaire's 'Lundi rue Christine,'" Poetry Daily, April 7, 2009. {Link} #poetry



➤   "Out of the Suburbs," Emprise Review, February 15, 2009. {Link} #interview



➤   "A Round-Up of the Top-Funded MFA Programs," Poets & Writers, November 1, 2008. {Link} #mfa



➤   "Solving 'The English Student's Dilemma?'", Inside Higher Ed, January 18, 2008 {Link} #interview



➤   "On Illegal Immigration," ProCon.org, April 10, 2006. {Link} #law





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