Robert Cashin Ryan has written on Christmas, drone music, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” (1984), and other things people hate — for BLARB, the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) blog; LARB’s Avidly channel; the Sounding Out! sound studies blog; and other venues. He also writes (in more ornate academic outposts) about imperial late style, the ocean, and Henry James. He is co-editor (with Sarah Osment) of the online magazine hyped on melancholy, a forum on music and sadness. Ryan lives, teaches, and writes between Upstate New York, Downstate New York, and Chicago.
American Intimacy: On Gustavus Stadler’s “Woody Guthrie: An Intimate Life”
Robert Ryan journeys through Gustavus Stadler’s biography on musician and activist Woody Guthrie....
The Earth Died Screaming
What Tom Waits has to teach us about the coming global catastrophe....
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