I am an adjunct professor in the Literature Department at American University in Washington DC. I write and lecture about a variety of interrelated topics. I also have a tendency to engage in original creative work, some of which can be viewed on this site.
My first book, Becoming Insomniac: How Sleeplessness Alarmed Modernity (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014) investigates a long-held notion that there is an essential incompatibility between sleep and modern technology. The book explores issues of insomnia and theories of sensation, attention, and the will in various texts (medical, psychological, literary) from the second half of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century.
I wrote and directed ‘Lord Garden’s Masque (an anti-masque)’ for the Weak Signals & Wild Cards exhibition at De Appel in Amsterdam (June, 2009); I presented a manifesto called ‘The Memory of Futurism and the Rise of The Insomnauts’ at Birkbeck College, London (February 2009); I wrote and directed ‘The Sound Moneyfesto’ for the Serpentine Gallery’s Manifesto Marathon, London (October 2008); and I wrote and performed ‘”With Usura” with Bells and Manifesto’ at the Ezra Pound Room at Tate Britain (October 2008).
I appeared as a panelist in the A Slap in the Face of Public Taste: The Art of Manifestos debate at the British Library’s exhibition Breaking the Rules: The Printed Face of the European Avant-Garde, 1900-37 (London, February 2008), where I discussed my first pseudo-manifesto, entitled ‘How to Write an Avant-Garde Manifesto’. I have also presented work at Wigmore Hall, the ICA, RADA, the CCA in Glasgow, as well as in Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin.