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You will get my warm appreciation. I will also Go Off on any topic you ask me to Go Off about. This is also a good tier for you if the thing I'm currently writing about at the $3 tier isn't that interesting to you but you want voting rights over the next thing. (This is also just a way to sort of tip me if you've really enjoyed my TinyLetter over the years and want to do so. No obligation. I kinda feel gross bringing it up tbh)
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I'm an essayist and cultural critic. I wrote Midwest Futures (Belt, 2020), a short cultural history of the Midwest, which one reviewer called "a fantastic book by one of the most underappreciated writers of my generation." I also write frequently for Hedgehog Review and Christian Century, among other places, and have a bimonthly new books column in Plough Quarterly. My next book, How To Be Normal: Essays, will come out from Belt in 2021 (probably?), and I also do a newsletter, more weeks than not (http://tinyletter.com/philipchristman). 

That may seem like enough to keep me busy, but one form in which I really want to write is the serialized critical history of a particular subject: a series of posts, appearing on a schedule, in which the writer does a text-by-text analysis of an artist, genre, or era. (The models that I have in mind here are Elizabeth Sandifer, who has done series on "Doctor Who," Tori Amos, and Alan Moore; Chris O'Leary, who has written on David Bowie among other things; Christine Kelley, who is covering Kate Bush song by song; and more recently Tom Whyman, who is doing "The Simpsons.") I think I could do great things with this form; my problem is deciding where to start, and figuring out how not to do it for free. That's where you come in, if you choose. For $3 a month, you get a) voting rights over my current or next available topic (I'll aim to finish these every six to twelve months), and b) access to three long posts a month in whichever series is ongoing. Currently, I'm writing on Henry and William James; future possibilities include the French New Wave, international postpunk, the New Hollywood directors, Henry Adams ... 
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