About Murphy’s Law (and Murph)



I’m trying to play the truth of what I am. The reason it’s difficult is because I’m changing all the time Charles Mingus

Sean Murphy loves music, books, and movies and can’t imagine a world without sub-titles. He was born in northern Virginia and has never found a compelling reason to leave. He studied English at George Mason University and has an MA in Literature. One of his thesis papers dealt with the utopian impulse in ’70s rock (which, depending upon one’s perspective, at least partially explains why he opted not to purse that PhD in Cultural Studies). During his time at PopMatters he has written music and movie reviews, along with the occasional essay. Despite living just outside DC, he remains recalcitrant in his conviction that paychecks mean less than personal fulfillment and that the pursuit of peace is not ironic. Endorses, in no particular order: anyone who is similarly allergic to right-wing radio and reality TV, the Red Sox, miniature schnauzers, Pho and Blanton’s single barrel bourbon. Ambition: to write the pretty-good American novel.

As Flannery O’Connor said, in my stories is where I live.  If pressed for a creed or personal statement, I’d offer the following: Don’t be cynical: find a charity you can feel good about supporting, endorse the efforts of our great artists, tell your parents you love them, appreciate –and savor– the friends who always have your back. Be good to strangers and be better to yourself: you deserve it.

This blog is an attempt to engage with the world, while playing the truth of what I am.

The posts are categorized roughly by topic , such as music, sports, politics, literature and film as well as the very blog-like ruminations in real time. The entries can be searched by topic or month. A sample of somewhat representative offerings is listed below. Thanks for checking it out and feel free to drop me a line if you see something you like (or dislike).

A poem, a tone poem, fondly remembering my mother, my dog, high school and the redemptory powers of the slush puppie.

Some meditations on the Catholic church, torture, war, the Holocaust, history ceaselessly repeating itself, George W. Bush’s legacy, an early read on Glenn Beck, (Touchdown) Jesus and the causes and effects of loneliness.

A lengthy examination of technology and privacy concerns (and the implications of the inherent tensions therein) can be found here.

A celebration of Bill Hicks, a deconstruction of Dennis Miller and an interrogation of what we talk about when we talk about sex (in fiction).

Sports and recreation, including Bird, Ovie, the Easter Bunny, and the history of violence (in film, and speaking of film, an appraisal of the best American film of the last decade and, arguably, the only perfect American film ever made).  And the most definitive American movie of the last two decades. And, of course, The Kids in the Hall.

And especially music: Mingus, Miles, Morrison, Hendrix, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Sabbath, The Beatles (White and Blue albums and…Abbey Road), The Who, Michael Jackson, 1989, my take on the Top 50 albums of the last decade, the all-star team of American bands, the search for the most sublimely awful rock lyric, and the six perfect rock songs. In case you were wondering about the best prog-rock albums of all time, check this out and my list of ten albums that supposedly suck but don’t is here.

A LOT more about me, and my writing at seanmurphy.net

It you are the twittering type, check me out @bullmurph

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My memoir Please Talk about Me When I’m Gone is available: much more about that HERE!

My first novel, Not To Mention A Nice Life, is available June, 2015.

Finally, don’t ever forget to get hit in your soul.