who I am

Hi. I’m Douglas. I’m a freelance journalist and critic; I write about music, comic books and other things for TIME, the New York Times, the Washington PostRolling Stone, and a bunch of other places. I’m also the author of Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean (Da Capo, 2007) and Live at the Apollo (Continuum, 2004). In 2010 and 2011, I was a Fellow with the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program; in 2002-2003, I was a Mid-Career Fellow with the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University.

I’m married to the amazing photographer Lisa Gidley. (The wedding was August 5, 2001. You can also read what the New York Times had to say about it.) We live with our son Sterling and our cats Martina and Serge in Portland, Oregon, and also spend a lot of time in Queens, New York.

Dark Beloved Cloud is the record label I’ve run since 1992.

I’ve played with a handful of bands, notably The Media, Dymaxion, Crowns on 45, the 801, Customer Service, Forget, and Lovefish. (I play bass, mostly, though sometimes I sing or play percussion or guitar or computer, and lately I’ve been playing a lot of ukulele.) I generally think of myself as a non-musician with good ears who keeps ending up in bands. Need one of those?

I like getting mail from people. If you want to send the electronic kind, you can address it to douglas at lacunae dot com and it’ll get to me. Need a physical address? Ask!

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