New record this Summer… Not a Born and Raised “plus”… A new group of songs to bring the whole thing up to date with Summer 2013. I have that hunger that always precedes something meaningful. See you all soon. And thanks for the warm welcome back to the stage. Getting back on it a little at a time.
On David Mitchell’s next book:
[Mitchell] says it has ‘dollops of the fantastic in it’, though not of the hobbits-and-elves kind. ‘Stuff between life and death. And the soul.’
Totally vague, and I’m already sold.
My Amazon review of Mark O’Connell’s new Kindle single Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever:
With “Epic Fail,” Mark O’Connell has rocketed to the top (or near-top) of my Authors To Watch list. Although he has written for various outlets including The Millions, Slate, The Guardian, etc., this was the first longform piece of his I’ve read, and I was completely dazzled.
“Epic Fail” is intelligent cultural critique intelligently written. Like others, I read (rather, devoured) it in one sitting; I was frequently nodding in agreement and even more frequently making notes in order to preserve O’Connell’s fresh insights and adroit prose. I normally hesitate to bestow five-star reviews, but for my part “Epic Fail” is a no-brainer. I’ve already recommended the essay both publicly and privately.
To those who wish it had more of a “conclusion” or final chapter: I found that each chapter contained its own conclusions and that the piece as a whole stands on its own without need for a summation. Even those chapters that end on an ambiguous note are done so (in my opinion) intentionally — requiring the reader to wrestle with the questions and come to his or her own conclusions.
Do not be fooled; although it may look like it, this is not brainless BuzzFeed-lit. “Epic Fail” is an engaging and erudite discourse in pop clothing.
The last and only other review I posted on Amazon was in 2006. It’s that good.