Hourman is a blog devoted to analyzing culture–books, TV shows, movies, plays, music, language, media, and more–with each entry frantically written in an hour or under, or as close to an hour as I can manage.  You can read more about the name “Hourman” in my first entry.  After a good first year of posting every week, I now try for a new post every two weeks.

It’s written by me, Jesse Kavadlo. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, lived for four years in Winona, Minnesota, happily settled in suburban St. Louis for the last nine years with my wife, three kids, and a parakeet.  I’ve been fascinated with books, cartoons, superheroes, monsters, breakfast cereal mascots, dystopias, and rock & roll for a few decades now.  I’m a guitarist/singer for a gigging hard rock cover band.  And I have a Ph.D. in English from Fordham University and teach literature and writing at Maryville University, but try not to hold that against me.

If you have any general comments about the blog, I’d love to hear from you.  Post them here.  Thanks for reading!

Feel free to contact me: hourmanjk@gmail.com

Other Writing

Most of what I usually write is academic.

These are  my books:

American Popular Culture in the Era of Terror: Falling Skies, Dark Knights Rising, and Collapsing Cultures, 2015 

Michael Chabon’s America: Magical Words, Secret Worlds, and Sacred Spaces (with Bob Batchelor), 2014

Don DeLillo: Balance at the Edge of Belief, 2004


Here are some of my web-accessible academic journal publications:

The Message is the Medium: Electronically Helping Writing Tutors Help Electronically,” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, vol. 10, no. 2 (2013)

Magic Words:  Students Learning and Teaching Writing in First Year Seminar,” with Abbie Nicoloff, Jess Burgess, Amelia Coplen, and Kevin Olson (undergraduates), Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education (January 2012)

Preventing Plagiarism, Promoting Honor; Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Online Discussions,” CTL: Currents in Teaching and Learning, vol.2, no. 2 (spring 2010): 54-63

War on Terror: Amending Monsters After 9/11,” Humanities Review, vol. 6, no. 2 (spring 2008): 165-176

Preach What You Practice: Zen, Paradox, and a Few Kind Words for Writing Center Tutors,” Writing Lab Newsletter, vol. 32, no. 9 (May 2008): 10-13

Subversion: Teaching a Blue Novel in a Red State,” Academic Exchange Quarterly, vol. 10, no.1 (spring 2006): 71-75

The Fiction of Self-destruction: Chuck Palahniuk, Closet Moralist,”Stirrings Still: The International Journal of Existential Literature, vol.2, no.2 (fall/winter 2005): 3-24

Here are a few non-academic online pieces:

“Chuck Palahniuk Mows the Lawn” and “Raymond Carver Mad Libs,” Yankee Pot Roast

Review of Jane Smiley’s Moo

Meeting Don DeLillo,”  Don DeLillo Society Newsletter, Vol. 4, nos. 1-2, June 2011

Here are some other academic journal articles that I wrote. They’re not available online, but many library databases are able to access them.

“The Terms of the Contract: Rock and Roll and the Narrative of Self-destruction in Don DeLillo, Neal Pollack, and Kurt Cobain,” Studies in Popular Culture, vol. 30, no. 1 (fall 2007): 87-104  

“Blue Angels Meet Dying Animals: Textual and Sexual Subversion in the Clinton-era Academic Novel,” Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, vol. 37, no.2 (fall 2004): 11-25

“Teaching Style as Content: Some Sentence-level Revision Strategies for First-year Composition,” Minnesota English Journal, vol. 32, no. 1 (fall 2003): 74-85

“Recycling Authority: Don DeLillo’s Waste Management,” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, vol. 42, no. 4 (summer 2001): 384-401

“Proust, Bakhtin, and the Dialogic Albertine: Voice and Fragmentation in The Captive,” Studies in 20th Century Literature vol. 24, no.2 (summer 2000): 271-282


And here are book chapters that I wrote, not available online. If you can’t find a copy of something that you’re interested in reading, let me know and I’ll send you a scanned PDF. Or you can find most of these already scanned on my Academia.edu page.

“Chuck Palahniuk’s Edible Complex,” Chuck Palahniuk, Ed. Francisco Collado-Rodríguez, London: Continuum, 2013. 141-156

“We Have to Go Back: Lost after 9/11,” Looking for Lost: Critical Essays on the Enigmatic Series.  Ed. Randy Laist.  MacFarlane, 2011. 230-242

“With Us or Against Us: Chuck Palahniuk’s 9/11,” Reading Chuck Palahniuk: American Monsters and Literary Mayhem.  Eds. Cynthia Kuhn and Lance Rubin. Routledge, 2009.  103-115

“X-estential X-Men: Jews, Mutants, and the Literature of Struggle,” X-Men and Philosophy.  Eds. Rebecca Housel and J. Jeremy Wisnewski.  Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series.  Wiley, 2009.  38-49

“White Teacher, Black Writers, White Students: Colorblindness and Racial Consciousness in Teaching African American Literature,” Teaching Race in the Twenty-First Century: College Professors Talk About Their Fears, Risks, and Rewards. Ed. Lisa Guerrero. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.  137-150

“The Fiction of Self-destruction—Chuck Palahniuk, Closet Moralist,”You Do Not Talk About Fight Club.  Ed. Read Schuchardt.  BenBella Books, 2008.  13-33

“Fear Factor: Reality Television, the Rhetoric of Pornography, and Red State America,” PopPorn: The Proliferation of Pornography in American Culture. Eds. Ann C. Hall and Mardia Bishop. Westport: Praeger Press, 2007: 99-110

“Tutoring Taboo: A Reconsideration of Style in the Writing Center,” Refiguring Prose Style: Possibilities for Writing Pedagogy.  Eds. Thomas Pace and T.R. Johnson, Logan: Utah State UP, 2005. 215-226

“The Aesthetics of Waste in Underworld,” Don DeLillo.  Bloom’s Major Novelists.  Ed. Harold Bloom,Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2003. 142-144

Thanks for reading Hourman!

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