Writer, researcher, translator, critic



I am Jonathan Bogart. This is my website. Or one of them. The main one? That's the plan, anyway.

I'm a researcher and writer living in Chicago who primarily writes about music, comics, literature, and history. I think I'm pretty good within my rather specialized lanes, and I've been published in legit magazines and presented at legit conferences. But this isn't my career, and I probably do not want to pitch you, not least because your audience almost certainly has no interest in what I'm writing about, and my audience isn't nearly big enough to draw enough clicks to your venue to meet advertising requirements.

When I say "music, comics, literature and history" that may arouse certain expectations, but I'm more likely to write about Louis Armstrong than Drake, Spirou than Spider-Man, Damon Runyon than Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and anything else at all in history than World War II. Which isn't to say I'm a nostalgist who rails against the present: I respect and value Drake, Spider-Man, and Adichie, I just don't have a lot to say about them that hasn't been said better by others. But I find a lot of emotional, intellectual, and indeed political value (leftist political value, fuck reactionaries) in the cultural productions of the previous century, and I think I can write intelligently about them without stepping on too many other toes.

It's not hard to find me online; my username is jonathanbogart on every platform of note (and some that aren't). There are a bunch of other Jonathan Bogarts who might have liked to use it instead; I can only apologize to them for being so Very Online.