Robert Cashin Ryan has written on Christmas, drone music, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” (1984), and other things people hate — for BLARB, the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) blog; LARB’s Avidly channel; the Sounding Out! sound studies blog; and other venues. He also writes (in more ornate academic outposts) about imperial late style, the ocean, and Henry James. He is co-editor (with Sarah Osment) of the online magazine hyped on melancholy, a forum on music and sadness. Ryan lives, teaches, and writes between Upstate New York, Downstate New York, and Chicago.