aBOUT ME

I'm a researcher and writer with a special interest in documenting the lives and works of creative people in pop culture. I blog semi-regularly about music (at 3 Minutes, 49 Seconds) and comic books (at 24 Pages). I've published three books so far.


Eleanor Cameron: Dimensions of Amazement(University Press of Mississippi, 2018) is a in-depth biography of the pioneering children's author and critic.


The Hopefuls: Chasing a Rock 'n' Roll Dream in the Minnesota Music Scene (McFarland & Company, 2018) follows four Twin Cities musicians and their (mis)adventures in the 1990s and 2000s independent music scene. 


I Can Read It All By Myself: The Beginner Books Story (University Press of Mississippi, 2021) is a comprehensive history of Random House's groundbreaking early reader series.


I was born in Kentucky, grew up in central Illinois, and spent my reckless youth in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.  I currently live in Normal, Illinois with my wife and two sons; two cats; and way too many records, books, and comic books.

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PAUL V. ALLEN

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