Following my appearance on This American Life, I was invited to contribute to Statesman Shots, a weekly culture podcast from the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. During our chat we discussed recording with TAL, making friends in a new city, and Gordie Howe. Listen to the interview here.
Yes, that was me on Episode 587, “The Perils of Intimacy,” of This American Life. I’m at work on a companion podcast to explain the process of pitching the idea, working with a producer, and then hearing the (fairly surprising) results on the air.
I’m happy to have started freelancing with Qnary. As part of their Q-Network, and in line with cgerben consulting, I’ll be creating social media content for leading influencers in the fields of advertising, media planning/buying, technology, and food and health/fitness consulting.
If you’d like to find out how I can help you or your company grow your content and reputation, please check out my consulting page.
As part of the annual CCCC conference, I am sharing a presentation titled “Perceptual Beta: The Importance of Changing Terms for Online and ‘New’ Writing with Our Students,” the full text of which can be read here.
For more information (including full data, redistribution, etc.) please contact me directly.
For over two years at Stanford I taught an undergraduate course called “Sounds of Stanford.” The course asked students to choose topics of local and personal interest, conduct archival and primary research, record and produce podcasts in groups of other students (creating hour-long episodes), and then post their products to the Stanford Digital Repository.
With the help of Jonathan Manton (now at Yale) and the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, I’m very happy to announce that all of the students’ materials (including scripts, works cited, and bonus materials) is now officially hosted in the Stanford Libraries’ system, where it will live on forever (or until California falls into the sea.)
Sadly, only Stanford affiliates can access the materials, but you can see them here: https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/fk441ps0303
I’m very honored and happy to have a piece published in Across the Disciplines. My multimedia piece, “Author in the Arts: Composing and Collaborating in Text, Music, and the Visual Arts,” revisits a course I took in undergrad at Michigan that started my fascination with collaboration and the intersection of writing, speaking, and multimodality.
There are no individual song posts, but hop on over to the Music page to see the full track listing for this year’s 2015 Year in Review compilation. I’m hoping to post some links and stories about a few in the coming days/weeks. Until then, here are the songs in case you don’t want to make the jump with me:
1. “Betray My Heart,” D’Angelo and the Vanguard [Black Messiah]
2. “Make You Better,” The Decemberists [What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World]
3. “Sound & Color,” Alabama Shakes [Sound & Color]
4. “Should Have Known Better,” Sufjan Stevens [Carrie & Lowell]
5. “Pedestrian At Best,” Courtney Barnett [Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit]
6. “Under a Rock,” Waxahatchee [Ivy Tripp]
7. “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas,” Beach Slang [The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us]
8. “That’s Love,” Oddisee [The Good Fight]
9. “Waitress,” Hop Along [Painted Shut]
10. “Ship to Wreck,” Florence & The Machine [How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful]
11. “Sprinter,” TORRES [Sprinter]
12. “24 Frames,” Jason Isbell [Something More Than Free]
13. “Sprained Ankle,” Julien Baker [Sprained Ankle]
14. “Stay On My Shore,” Joan Shelley [Over and Even]
15. “Maggie I’ve Been Searching For Our Son,” Craig Finn [Faith in the Future]
16. “Sleeper Hold,” Saintseneca [Such Things]
17. “What Part of Me,” Low [Ones and Sixes]
18. “Bad Blood,” Ryan Adams 
19. “One,” Moving Panoramas [One]
20. “Baby When I Close My Eyes,” Sweet Spirit [Cokomo]
21. “Disciple,” Tame Impala [Currents]
22. “June,” Prince [HITNRUN Phase One]
If your first thought on my experience is, “Meh, too academic,” then let me start by saying, “You’ve got some attitude, mister.”
But beyond that, I get it.