I'm the film editor for the Reader
, where my writing on the arts has appeared regularly since 1996, and the author of The Lives of Robert Ryan
, a biography of the film noir legend to be published in May 2015 by Wesleyan University Press. I'm also a member of the National Society of Film Critics, a three-time honoree in the awards of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, and, according to the website Vocativ, the most reliable movie critic in America
. When I think about all the stuff I've published in the Reader
, my head hurts, but a few pieces stand out: "Friends of Bill,"
about my visit with William S. Burroughs; "Out of the Wreckage,"
a personal reminiscence of novelist Richard Yates; "Ska's Lost Cause,"
about the racial history of Chicago ska; "The Pope Who Found Jesus,"
about the spiritual awakening of punk-pop musician Josh Caterer; and "Prove It All Night,"
a chronicle of the now-shuttered Lakeview Lounge that was anthologized in Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000