‘In the past months, I’ve gone from “Where is he?” to “Here he is again,” but I must confess, it feels good to be thought of as a person, not as a personality.’
– Michael Jackson, Grammy Awards Speech, 1993
It’s been a little while since I’ve updated you on the goings on here on Writing Eliza but I thought, as today is the one-year anniversary of the publication of my first ever article on Michael Jackson, Throwing Stones to Hide Your Hands: The Mortal Persona of Michael Jackson, and we’ve come such a long way in such a short year, that it was only time to give you an update on everything.
In the World of Michael Jackson Studies
The last six months has been a time of immense growth for my journal, the MJAS. We have seen the publication of academic works by accomplished academics in several languages, including work by Francesca Royster and Jochen Ebmeier. Our Facebook and Twitter are gaining traction and we have so many exciting things coming your way in the next two months. So subscribe to access all our remarkable content, totally free.
In other news, the brilliant academic discursive blog, Dancing with the Elephant, presented by Willa Stillwater, recently started a Film Noir series, starting with Billie Jean which was just brilliant. Read it here.
Another fellow academic, Professor Toni Bowers, recently published a wonderful article on MJ in the LA Review of Books, another must-read for those who are interested in the place of Jackson in American society and the way he has been shunned in academia. Read it here.
And lastly, Jackson-expert, Joe Vogel published an incredibly insightful article on Jackson’s Black or White in the Journal of Popular Music Studies. It is a great exploration of the multiple meanings Jackson infused his art with and the incredibly complex contextual background also. Read it here.
I must also that I’m very relieved that the Wade Robson case was finally thrown out. Hopefully, the MJ community can go on to commemorate Jackson in peace.
The sale of Jackson’s Neverland is ongoing and still on all our minds. Here are some thoughts from last year on the sale published by the MJAS.
In Eliza’s World
To say I have been busy over the past six months would be a massive understatement. My book, The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Art and His Artistic Afterlife (ABC-CLIO, 2016) is coming together and my research is taking me to the heights of Warhol’s pop art to the depths of Bach. Needless to say, I’m enjoying every moment of the process. Keep track by subscribing here and follow my process on Instagram here. Some brief advice to budding writers: try free-writing, Scrivener (for which you can get a free trial) and if you’re an academic and you don’t already have it, get Endnote software. It has revolutionised the way I study and write,
At the same time, I’m finishing the labour of love which has been my MA qualification at King’s College. They recently published this brilliant video on Early Modern Literature which showcases why it is just the best qualification. Also, spot anyone you know?
Well, before signing off, it’s worth saying that I will being seeing so much of you all in the next two months. Lots of guest appearances on blogs and journals. Stay tuned and don’t forget to leave a comment in the comments section.