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I'm Todd A.

I make intangible things.



I create podcasts with my friend Taylor Trask as part of Currently, we're recording Wednesday in Westeros, a weekly discussion about Game of Thrones that usually includes our friend Emily Kelley.

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Nonfiction books

So Much For The White Horse

Glenn Beck, Ted Cruz, and the End of the End Times

On March 18, 2016, Glenn Beck appeared at an event to endorse Ted Cruz for president. He talked about Ben Franklin and George Washington at the Constitutional Convention. Then he quoted a Mormon prophecy about the Four Horses of the Apocalypse.

This is the story of that prophecy and why Glenn Beck continues to amplify his rhetoric about Judgement Day. To decode it all, we have to look at the prophecy, the church, the believers, Seven Mountains, and a former FBI agent whom J. Edgar Hoover wishes you to know was definitely not “Administrative Assistant to the Director.”

good. simple. open

The values that lead to better work is a book about how to do good work. It presents the little idea: if you want to do good work, aim for simple and open. 

The book offers ideas for achieving this goal and reasons to stick to those values. It does so by following its own advice. The essays inside are short and simple. They open jobs that have resulted in bad, complex, and closed work. They offer methods for getting to the good work.

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Unconventional Website Advice

The low cost, no BS way to build your business on the web

Unconventional Website Advice is a short book of guidelines to building a small business on the web. The book aims to dispel the conventional wisdom that causes too many businesses to spend their website dollars in the wrong place. With short chapters covering practical details as well as ideas that are the opposite of everything you've been told, Unconventional Website Advice is a quick read that will enlighten anyone kicking off a website for their small business.

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Barry's Cherries

Barry Cherry, B-movie director, moved to Nashville to escape the Hollywood fame game. 

All is well until his friend and former star, Roxy Ramone, spends a drunken night with an aspiring country singer. The night threatens to ruin Roxy’s reputation, her engagement and her job as the upbeat host of a televised wrestling show. Roxy turns to Barry for help.

Barry’s quest to save Roxy from certain infamy leads him back into the confusing, disgusting, ridiculous world of fame-seeking narcissists, sycophantic lawyers and sensationalist reporters. 

Music City really has it all.

Being Good

Slav O Se has girl trouble. He should. He's an unrepentant lothario, a teacher at a girls' high school, and he has three sisters.

In Being Good, an altercation at a strip club jeopardizes Slav's beloved job. Hounded by an ambitious, disgusting interim headmaster, Slav should take stock of his lifestyle. Unfortunately, Slav doesn't always do as he should. Instead he dates the school secretary, befriends a young stripper, and trolls grocery store aisles looking for future ex-girlfriends. The resulting fiasco pushes Slav to the brink both of being good and being bad. 


I have recorded a lot of music. You can download it all on Bandcamp on a pay-what-you-want basis.

My latest collection is I Survived the Dogstorm--a collection of singles I released over the past few years. Listen to it here. 


I write a weekly column about making music in the 21st century. I also publish the occasional article on work, belief, sex, or the politics of superheroes.


At times, I've been serious about my photography. My Flickr showcases the best of that work.


Thank you for exploring my intangible things. If you would like to keep up with everything I make, please join the mailing list. I send a weekly (usually Friday mornings) review of what I've published.