Tashlinesque is now available!

Your regularly scheduled “welcome” page has been preĆ«mpted by the exciting news that my book Tashlinesque: The Hollywood Comedies of Frank Tashlin, published by Wesleyan University Press, is now available. Clicking on the cover image above will allow you to buy the book on amazon.com.

I’m obviously very pleased that this book is now available, and will soon update my blog with more and more Tashliniana. (Click here to read my extant Tashlin-related blog entries.) I do hope that the book raises Tashlin’s profile a little. To the extent that I can, I’ll use this site to further that cause!

For those of you who really miss the “old skool” welcome page, scroll downwards just a wee li’l bit. It’s still hanging around.





Hello, little monkey! Thanks for visiting my website.

"Which way to El Dorado?"

You can read and download my CV by clicking the link above; you can see various online essays (and ephemera) that I’ve written by clicking on “Other Works”; and if for some reason you like what you read here and would like to read more, both of the “buy” links above go directly to the amazon pages for my two books.

The most frequently updated part of the site is the blog, which I use as a venue for all kinds of musings, some of them reasonably coherent. I am a professor of film studies, and much of my blog has to do with topics in film history and film style. I have many other interests, as well – popular music, most prominently – so you can read about that here, too. I enjoy using the blog as a kind of crucible to test out ideas – it’s a good way to organize my thoughts in a manner less structured than that afforded by most academic writing.

I have written a book about the director Frank Tashlin, whose name may not be all that familiar but who is, in my opinion, one of the most important directors of mid-century American comedy. In the “Tashlin” category, you can find essays that expand on and/or supplement some of the concepts in the book.

Frank Tashlin is on the left, gently restraining Jerry Lewis

The other categories are pretty self-explanatory, save “Ambiguities,” which is something I’ve developed for the blog. I enjoy doing close textual analysis of all kinds – doesn’t matter what kind of text, so long as it’s rich: films, artworks, songs, literature, television commercials, an so forth. In the “Ambiguities” section, I’ve written a number of essays about various texts that can be read in multiple ways, and the meanings of those multiplicities. These are really fun to write. (I even take requests!)

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Thanks for reading.