To quote Kool Keith of the Ultramagnetic MC's (old-skool readers know what I'm talking about), "I’m back — back to smack attack."
Back for a week, anyway, filling in for the talented Brainiac blogger-columnist Josh Rothman, who — like too many Ideas staffers and writers before him — has departed for a New York media gig.
Blogging for the Ideas section back in 2006–08 was a lot of fun. I explored my interest in, among many other phenomena, comics and text-based forms of literature ("We are Iron Man!," the New Skrullicism, hookers in classic novels), memes (The dark side of Scrabble, "Keeping my baby", smart unapproachable girls in Boston rock), graphic design, and science fiction (non-human-caused global warming, Mitt Romney's appreciation of Battlefield Earth). And early on, when the Mooninite scare of January 31, 2007 happened in Boston, I was able to scoop the Boston Globe — thus making Brainiac a footnote to the sorry and embarrassing local history of post-9/11 hysteria. (Poor Star Simpson!)
This week, I'll do exactly what I used to do in the early days of this blog — take note of whatever it is that happens to interest me, and hope that it interests Brainiac's readers!
I probably won't actually smack attack... sorry for raising your hopes.
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Leon Neyfakh is the staff writer for Ideas. Amanda Katz is the deputy Ideas editor. Stephen Heuser is the Ideas editor.
Guest blogger Simon Waxman is Managing Editor of Boston Review and has written for WBUR, Alternet, McSweeney's, Jacobin, and others.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Manus is a writer living in New York City. She has been a book review editor at the Boston Phoenix, and a columnist for The New York Observer and Metro.
Guest blogger Sarah Laskow is a freelance writer and editor in New York City. She edits Smithsonian's SmartNews blog and has contributed to Salon, Good, The American Prospect, Bloomberg News, and other publications.
Guest blogger Joshua Glenn is a Boston-based writer, publisher, and freelance semiotician. He was the original Brainiac blogger, and is currently editor of the blog HiLobrow, publisher of a series of Radium Age science fiction novels, and co-author/co-editor of several books, including the story collection "Significant Objects" and the kids' field guide to life "Unbored."
Guest blogger Ruth Graham is a freelance journalist in New Hampshire, and a frequent Ideas contributor. She is a former features editor for the New York Sun, and has written for publications including Slate and the Wall Street Journal.
Joshua Rothman is a graduate student and Teaching Fellow in the Harvard English department, and an Instructor in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He teaches novels and political writing.