Matt Mitchell

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Matt Mitchell is a poet, music critic, and essayist from Northeast Ohio. He writes for Pitchfork, MTV, Bandcamp, Paste, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. They are the author of The Neon Hollywood Cowboy (Big Lucks, 2021). 


Cover Photo: The album artwork for Prince's "Sign o' the Times." Prince stands in the foreground of the photo, blurry. Behind him is a stage containing a piano, a drum kit, and several plants.
Prince Taught Me a Whole New Love Language

“Sign o’ the Times” is candy for a cute little he/they like me.

Jan 04, 2023
Cover Photo: This is the cover of one of Steely Dan's albums, 'Gaucho.' This album cover features a painting of a couple dancing, his hand on her back, her arm around his shoulder, and their other hands holding each other's, lifted in the air.
On Fatherhood, Masculinity, and Steely Dan

But of course, all of this isn’t about ‘Gaucho’ or masculinity, really. It’s about trauma, about breaking a cycle you didn’t consent to entering.

Oct 03, 2022
Cover Photo: A screenshot from the sitcom 'Friends,' in which the core cast members are joined by Brad Pitt as they sit inside a fancy Manhattan apartment and talk.
The One With the Offensive Joke About Intersex People

Like any sitcom created before the mid-aughts—around the time Hollywood started doing the bare minimum to give space to marginalized people—‘Friends’ has not aged well.

Sep 20, 2022