Bros Before Prose

I’ve been trying to consciously read more nonfiction these days, or rather…just read more in general. I’ve been lax in reading, which is another reason I started doing the Walking With Books thing, to get me reading more.

Also, I’ve been wanting to try and be a little more positive on the Internet, and embrace that there is good stuff out there and good writers and artists who are working hard to get their voices heard. So with that in mind, here are some rad people I’ve been reading online recently.

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Matt Maxwell – Just…evil. Evil and smart and when I grow up I wanna be Matt. Also I’m pretty sure he’s got better taste in music than me.

Alyssa Rosenberg – A culture columnist at the Washington Post, I was recently introduced to her work and it’s been bringing me back to the Post after deciding that their lax editorial oversight on clearly garbage conservative hate-baiting writing was something to motivate me to stop reading it.

Jack Feerick – He was on Jeopardy, did you know that? I did not. Also a great writer, critic, and theorist. My literary knowledge pales in comparison and his fiction work is great as well.

Thacher Cleveland – I’ve known Thacher online through various comics communities for…fuck…a while now, but it’s a little eerie how much we have in common taste-wise. He’s a comic book writer, a novelist and short story writer, and is a really good horror novelist. I’m actually working w/him on one or two things in the near future, you should check him out.

Sean Collins – Probably my favorite journalist to get into recently. Just bitingly-on point on multiple levels about music, about TV, and about comics. He wrote one of my favorite pieces of nonfiction recently, “The Four Worst Types of TV Critics” for The Observer. Go read it.

Dave Hopkins – Dave is one of those guys like Thacher that I’ve been following online forever and who delves into prose, comics, and nonfiction writing, so I’ll just always enjoy his voice. He’s got good taste, a unique viewpoint, and covers a range of topics from comics to burlesque history to sports to composition to beer to social media.

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