MTV News has Wise Young Fool on this deep list of books you should read this summer. Or about music. Or with cool hair. Or something. Although they probably only picked it because I am boys with Kurt Loder and we once tailgated at a UFC event together. In any case, MTV is always right.
Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have a Classic Rock persona buried inside us. Way, way down inside. Take this test now and find out WHO YOU REALLY ARE.
Here’s a teaser for the print version of the excellent London lit rag Litro Magazine, which is out next week. Check the cover. It’s the All Music edition! I was lucky to have a short story selected for it by Bloc Party's singer/git player Kele Okereke, who is guest editor. It also features killer illustrations by Babak Ganjei. Very much worth buying a copy or two. Lit mags need your support and love. I, of course, just need your love.
The Wrong Side of History
There was a small incident that occurred when I was at the CAKE comics festival a few weeks back: basically my friend Barry pointed out what seemed to be a guy with a gun inside the convention hall - which caused me to have a few moments of WTF panic, before he seemingly disappeared - and it prompted me to write this little comic.Mike Dawson is the author of the graphic novel Angie Bongiolatti, a story about sex, socialism, and online learning.
Paperbacks should be read on plastic furniture.
The very cool Litro Magazine asked me to write a short essay for their series “I Remember”. It’s an interesting concept: the piece must be five paragraphs, each exactly four sentences long. And every other sentence must begin “I remember…” My contribution about growing up on the grounds of a psychiatric hospital just went live. Check it out here.
Oh, man, is this a blast from the past. The Wesley Payne trailer is totally worth another look, not only because it is artistically awesome, but because the music kills.
Kevin Emerson and I playing Radiohead and Bon Jovi on ukulele for a Seattle Public Library literary gala. I want to be called Dirk Sambora from now on.
Finally handed in the finished manuscript of “Cornelius Wrathbone”. Clocked in at a trim 407 pages and only about half a year late. Took a nice fourteen hour break, and now diving into the short stories. Just ordered a triple espresso to pour into my iced Monster drink and a 12-pack of therapy appointments with Dr. Benway.