About

What started as a personal endeavor to recreate a mode of musical criticism that mirrored John Olson’s magisterial Life is a Rip Off , Marginal Brevity has slowly, begrudgingly, petulantly —and against better sense —  been evolving into an esoteric backwater of musical and cultural criticism in this corner of the internet.

Taking cues from the stylistic leanings of poets Douglas Kearney and Nathaniel Mackey, and the cultural critiques proffered by the likes of Stuart Hall, Mark Fisher, et al., Marginal Brevity takes to task Paul Claudel’s maxim that the ‘fear of the adjective is the beginning of style’, whilst celebrating and ruminating on the marginal facets of (mostly musical) culture.

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