John Paul Brammer

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Contributing columnist focusing on culture and identity

John Paul Brammer grew up in rural Oklahoma and is now based in Brooklyn. He runs the popular advice column ¡Hola Papi! on Substack and published a memoir-in-essays of the same name with Simon & Schuster in June 2021. His work has also appeared in outlets including the New York Times, Guernica, Food & Wine and the Guardian.
Latest from John Paul Brammer

‘Hank the Tank’ offers a vision of a better life

Hank the Tank is just the latest rogue animal to make us question how we live.

February 22, 2022

The M&M’s changes aren’t progressive. Give Green her boots back.

M&M'S don't have to represent me. Let candy be candy.

January 21, 2022

Spotify Wrapped is the perfect celebration of Internet egoism

It is a Dionysian feast of vanity, a day when people drop the masks and admit that no one asked and no one cares.

December 2, 2021

It’s strange Superman was ever straight to begin with

The hero's new direction has some critics — and they get some things right.

October 17, 2021

Nero fiddled as Rome burned. Sarah Palin rapped as America did.

For decades to come, we’ll ask: What were you doing when the truth broke through?

March 11, 2021

Why we’re obsessed with gender reveal parties that go boom

We delight in the punishment of hubris.

September 10, 2020

Lo que me llevó a celebrar Día de Muertos y a recuperar mis raíces mexicanas

Al tratar de conectarnos con mi abuela fallecida, nos sintonizamos más con nosotros mismos, de dónde venimos y hacia dónde vamos.

October 31, 2019

My Mexican American family never celebrated Día de Muertos. Then Abuela died.

The holiday tears down borders and asserts the joyful fluidity of being alive.

October 31, 2019

Julián Castro can’t speak Spanish. Here’s why that’s so authentic.

The culture of Latinos in the U.S. is about navigating loss, including of their language.

July 9, 2019