Published: Oct. 1, 2019

Adam BradleyEnglish professor Adam Bradley is the author of The Poetry of Pop and co-author of The New York Times bestseller One Day It’ll All Make Sense, the 2012 memoir of rapper and actor Common.

How soon after waking up do you look at your phone? Under three seconds. I’m checking whether my six-year-old’s waking me up at 5 or 5:30 a.m.

App you can’t live without: It’s a tie between Audible and the podcast apps. My brain eats words.

App you wish you had the inner strength to delete: Any social media app, starting with Facebook and working my way up.

Last person you called: Probably my wife, the law professor Anna Spain Bradley.

Duration of longest call last week: Just under three minutes, to my wife.

Location of last selfie: Took one with my two girls next to the six-foot inflatable rainbow unicorn lawn-sprinkler I bought them. Father of the Year.

Does anyone else have your passcode? I wouldn’t put it past my eight-year-old.

Most-used emoji: The thumbs-up emoji (brown-skinned version) is my new version of “K,” which was my new version of “OK,” which was my new version of “Okay,” which was my new version of actually writing people messages with substance.

First thing you’d do if you lost your phone for a day: Enjoy the silence. …Then call AT&T and get myself back up and running.



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Waze (to explore the Cayman Islands)

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Apple Podcasts

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