A longish essay I wrote last year has appeared in the twentieth-anniversary issue of the terrific literary journal War, Literature & the Arts. It's a print journal with an online site, and since your tax dollars helped me publish this time around (the journal is based at the U.S Air Force Academy), I'll kindly give you a link, if you're interested, so you can read for absolutely free. Now can we stop all that hard talk about arts funding during economic downturns?
Like so many things, the essay got its start here at Inside Higher Ed. It's called "Praise to Those Still Coming Through On Song: An Appreciation of John Balaban." (It'll open as a PDF.) In part it's my attempt to answer students who want to know, "Why is literature always about bad stuff?"