“Secret Sharer” by Mr. Xquisite

It was about a year ago that I started helping my friend Shaun Haurin with a recording project he wanted to work on called Mr. Xquisite. He wrote the lyrics for most of the tracks (with the exception of an early version of "Fuzzy Logic"). I wrote the music and produced the sessions. The song…Read more “Secret Sharer” by Mr. Xquisite

What I’ve Been Up to Lately (Mr Xquisite, pt. 1)

It's that time of year again... School's out in a few weeks, and my mind is turning toward creative projects I'll want to tackle over the summer. Right now, I have two in mind. The first is a short work of nonfiction about a fairly obscure album by a legendary band that I've always been…Read more What I’ve Been Up to Lately (Mr Xquisite, pt. 1)

Inexplicable Need

In the latest installment of my podcast, "Inexplicable Need: An Interview with Shaun Haurin," I get into a heated discussion with a former student about how to address a former professor and also about the title of one of my favorite short story collections. I then interview Shaun Haurin, the author of the collection, and…Read more Inexplicable Need

A Meandering Prologue to a Book Review

My friend Shaun Haurin emailed me a few weeks ago and asked if I wanted to go to Rosemont College on a Wednesday night to hear Elise Juska read from her forthcoming novel. This, it turned out, was a trick question, as my response (“yes,” in case you’re wondering) led not to the outing in…Read more A Meandering Prologue to a Book Review