December 2008 Archives

neglected to mention


… that I had another piece in the NYT Book Review a week after the holiday roundup: reviews of books by Art Spiegelman, Jonathan Ames & Dean Haspiel, and David Heatley.

Back home in Portland now, having read In Defense of Food on the plane home (although I’m still in the middle of 2666). I regret that I can’t rush out and buy some parsnips and purslane right now.

fix it up, pick it up, set it up


It’s the slowest time of the year; I take it as a good sign that despite the general slowdown, I’m still sort of crazed with work. But I’m currently at Lisa’s mom’s place in Florida, having just barely escaped from the Ice Curtain in both the Northwest and the Northeast. The sun is shining, the frogs are jumping, the water is rippling, and I’m in no mood to do any actual work. So I’m occupying myself with pseudo-work: putting together the odd mix, assembling the lineup for Mincing Up the Morning for the next few weeks, that kind of thing. The stuff I get paid for? Maybe tonight.

I also wrote a few things for Pitchfork’s best tracks and best albums features, and I appeared on WNYC’s “Sound Check” last week, debating the awesome Daphne Carr on the topic “Music Critics: Irreplaceable or Irrelevant?” (I took the cutting-my-own-throat-live-on-air position there.)

And, very importantly, the Dark Beloved Cloud Singles Club just mailed out two new releases to subscribers: Grace Braun’s “The Soldier and the Lady” single and Fly Ashtray’s Doodnat Mahadeo EP!

launch me into space


My holiday roundup of comics is up at the New York Times Book Review!

Little else to report. Listening to The Juan Maclean’s “Happy House” on continuous repeat.

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