I am Roy Christopher. I be thinking about stuff.
Sometimes I write about it.
Eduardo Navas asked me to contribute a piece to his, Owen Gallagher, and xtine burrough's edited collection, The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies. My chapter is called "The End of an Aura: Nostalgia, Memory, and the Haunting of Hip-hop." The book comes out on December 3rd!
My first book, Follow for Now: Interviews with Friends and Heroes, is an anthology of interviews with all kinds of minds. Disinformation named it "among the most important books published in 2007," and Erik Davis called it "a crisp and substantial remix of the major memes of the last decade or so."
I have a little piece in Disinformation's first book, You Are Being Lied To, a compendium of dissent, which also includes essays by Noam Chomsky, Howard Bloom, Douglas Rushkoff, Howard Zinn, Richard Metzger, Alex Burns, and Mark Pesce, among many others.
My main interests are figurative language use and the social impacts of technology. My main goal as a writer is to entertain and as a scientist is to find novelty. I’m more of the former than the latter and more of a fan than a critic.
I'm currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Communication at The University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a doctoral candidate in Communication Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. I'm also working on two books: One is a media-archeological dig called The Medium Picture, and the other is called Hip-Hop Theory. This site is where I think aloud about all of the above. Read on »