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Bands Are the Best Functional Dysfunctional Families

November 12, 2010

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I remember reading the word for the first time and chewing it like a piece of perfectly done steak: gestalt. It had come out of the mouth of Richard Patrick, frontman of Filter. It was in one of those very mid-’90s, sound-bitey to the point of being fetishistic “light” news sections in Rolling Stone or SPIN. […]

Sleeping with Books No. 1

November 10, 2010

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Hello, hallo, hellu, fair citizens of the blogosphere. Apologies for the extended radio silence. I’m back from a whirly-windy trip to London with two brains’ worth of ideas and too few cradles to birth them. It dawned on me this morning that I might as well start simple: a recurring photo-based blog series that communicates […]

Guest Post: Three Punk Rock Lessons for Surviving 21st-Century Library Hell

October 25, 2010

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As someone who proudly works for librarians, I reserve the right to pass the mic now and then to my librarian friends who have much to say about the things that matter to anyone who cares about books and music. Here, then, is Justin Hoenke, Teen Librarian of the Portland (ME) Public Library, holding forth […]

Your Band Will Never Be My Life, So I Write Fiction, Assface*

October 15, 2010

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I was around 18 when I first read that famous quote that’s often attributed to Elvis Costello—”Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it’s a really stupid thing to want to do.” I was likely hanging ten in my childhood bedroom, head buried in a Rolling Stone, naive to the fact that a bespectacled […]

A Timeline of Ecstatic Influence: An Addendum to Lethem

September 27, 2010

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As Lethem so definitively demonstrates, no one is complete without input—shit tons of the stuff. And yet there's something in human beings even in the 21st century that insists the things that move us be pure of history, as if charisma was a product only of the womb and not an accumulation of experience.

A Beginning from an End: My Origination Story

September 17, 2010

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A tornado walloped Brooklyn last night, and on the bus ride home it hit me that for the first time in my adult life, I'm having fun writing. This realization sprang not from the electrical currents in the air but from the simple fact I'm reliving the most painful moments of my creative expression from a safe distance.

Have White Teeth, Will White Riot

September 11, 2010

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It's one of my most annoying traits: I'm a novelist, but not a great lover of many novels, especially anything post-1960.