William Bradley: the links

Oct 24, 2018 · 5 min read

“And who, for that matter, will remember me?”

I didn’t know William Bradley except through his words. He came to my attention as a writer who had moved to my old hometown. This was enough to make him a person of interest.

First I read The Bald and the Beautiful (because, well, the title). Then a bit more. Then pretty much everything.*

After noticing that his website has also slipped away, I put together the following page of links. It seemed the least I could do for the man who gave us You’re a Wonder.

The opening quote is from Bradley’s essay ‘On Soap Operas, or, We Read and Watch Our Stories in Order to Live’. I couldn’t find it online, but offer my thanks to Kari for posting about it so I could get the quote right.

Absolute Beginners, With So Much at Stake
Inside Higher Ed
June 2, 2017

The Academy in Peril?
Inside Higher Ed
March 3, 2016

The Accidental Ann Landers
JSTOR [preview]
Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction
Spring 2016

Acquiring Empathy through Essays
Utne Reader
October 25, 2013

The Admiring Ignorant
Inside Higher Ed
January 31, 2012

An Entire Universe of Ideas: More Reality Hunger
March 2010

And Never Show Thy Head By Day Nor Light
Burlesque Press
May 20, 2013

As One Might Expect
Ars Medica
Spring 2006

The Bald and the Beautiful
Bellevue Literary Review
Spring 2005

Pine Hills Review
July 20, 2016

Stonecoast Review [page 45]
Fall 2013

Sweet: A Literary Confection

The Collected Voice of the Vice President of Academic Affairs
Stirring: A Literary Collective
December 2015

Could Have Sworn it was Judgment Day
Barrelhouse Review
May 3, 2016

Crisis on Earth-33!
LA Review of Books
August 18, 2015

The Dawn of “Just Me”: Zack Snyder’s Neoliberal Superheroes
LA Review of Books
June 3, 2016

Death of a Superhero
Foliate Oak Literary Magazine
December 2014

The Normal School

Dream Child: A Reverie
Sweet: A Literary Confection [PDF page 37]

Entomological Ascendance
The Molotov Cocktail
May 2014

The Essayist’s Creed
Passages North
October 2013

The Ethical Exhibitionist’s Agenda: Honesty and Fairness in Creative Nonfiction
JSTOR [preview]
College English
November 2007

Fathoming Family
LA Review of Books
December 4, 2014

Full Grown People
April 15, 2014

First Thing
Full Grown People
December 20, 2013

Passages North
Winter 2008

Getting Real: Teaching Creative Nonfiction
July 2016

Graphic Memoirs Come of Age
JSTOR [preview]
Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction
Spring 2013

Ham’s Lesson
Sundog Lit

How We Got Our Dog

Julio At Large

The 750 Project: Julio at Large (revisited)
September 21, 2017

Just Imagine
The Normal School

The Last Book I Loved: The Way We Weren’t
The Rumpus
August 25, 2015

A Legacy of Horror
LA Review of Books
October 31, 2015

Liberals Against Themselves: Getting Joan Didion’s Point
July 2014

Life On Mars + Devil’s Racetrack
with Emily Isaacson

January 21, 2013

Like Predicting the Weather
The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 29, 2007


Look! Up in the Sky!
The Normal School

Cleaver Magazine

Men of Yesterday
The Normal School

More Thoughts on The Fourth Genre… Whatever You Want to Call It
November 2007

My Message to Senator Rob Portman
June 28, 2017

My penis size obsession: All my life I’ve worried about measuring up
January 4, 2016

On Gender and Genre: The Nonfiction Count
February 22, 2011

On Soap Operas, or, We Read and Watch Our Stories in Order to Live
Turns out it was on the Wayback Machine. You may have to highlight the text to be able to read it.

On the Pleasure of Hazlitt
Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies

Once More to the Quad
Inside Higher Ed
February 12, 2013

Our Present Business is General Woe
Inside Higher Ed
October 14, 2016

Our Night Before Christmas
December 19, 2014

Our Nights Before Christmas
December 21, 2016

Saw Palm [PDF page 79]
Spring 2009

Putting the “Creative” in Nonfiction
Creative Nonfiction
August 2015

Reconsidering Revenge: How Revenge of the Nerds’ Misogyny Is Evident In Current Nerd Culture
The Mary Sue
April 3, 2015

Resources for Finding Great Essays
Utne Reader
November 25, 2013

A Review of Joey Franklin’s ‘My Wife Wants You to Know I’m Happily Married’
December 22, 2015
(here’s another good review)

Burlesque Press
May 27, 2013

Snow Blind
Survivor’s Review
Winter 2010

Some Thoughts on the Passing of a Great Professor
October 18, 2015

Some Thoughts That Nobody Should Care About, Really
April 23, 2017

The Square Root of True
roundtable discussion
Creative Nonfiction
Fall 13/Winter 14

Take to the Sky
Caravel Journal

To My Brothers and Sisters in the Not-Real-Deal Business
The Missouri Review
March 11, 2015

Traditional Holiday Recipe
Full Grown People
June 26, 2014


Watchmen up Close: An Interview with Andrew Hoberek
June 13, 2015

We Try
The Essay Review

What the Survey Doesn’t Say
Antique Children
December 2009

Who Is the “You”? Understanding Second Person
Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction
Fall 2013

Who Will Save Us Now? Dirty Realistic Fiction, Grim and Gritty Superhero Comic Books, and the Legacy of 1986
June 16, 2015

With a Sigh
Inside Higher Ed
May 29, 2015

With Great Privilege Comes Great Responsibility: Being A Good Feminist Ally
The Mary Sue
March 31, 2015

With Reflection, Without Fear
LA Review of Books
June 17, 2017

You’re a Wonder
Bending Genre
September 9, 2013

The Worst That Can Happen
Inside Higher Ed
October 3, 2014



CNF Conversations: An Interview with William Bradley
Writing. Life.
October 13, 2015

’Berg couple finds support during health crisis
June 13, 2017

Dear Hiring Committee
August 28, 2017

Faith, Fear, and Fractals
April 8, 2016

New Orleans Review

Guest Review: ‘Fractals,’ an Essay Collection by William Bradley
Inside Higher Ed
January 9, 2016

An Interview with William Bradley by Jill Talbot
Essay Daily
May 9, 2016

A Tribute to William Bradley
Full Grown People
August 30, 2017

William Bradley, a Brilliant Essayist Gone Too Soon
August 28, 2017

Writing community honors one of its own
Heidelberg University
February 1, 2018

Lavender Ink

*At least what came up in searches, starting with the late williambradleyessayist.com. Not especially being a fan of the superhero genre, I skimmed at times. Happily he did direct my attention to Jessica Jones, who would doubtless disagree she’s worth a Netflix binge.

William Bradley died exactly 100 years after Jack Kirby was born.

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store