I marshal the middle between Mathers and McLuhan. I’m an aging BMX and skateboarding zine kid. That’s where I learned to turn events and interviews into pages with staples. I have since written about music, media, and culture for over three decades for everything from magazines and blogs to journals and books. I hold a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Loyola University Chicago. As a child, I solved the Rubik’s Cube competitively.