Feature Interview In Paste

“Thao Nguyen began her last full-band album with the double-timed handclaps of an ominous, fatalistic field holler, a chorus of voices rising as the singer squared off against a ruthless adversary: “If this is how you want it, oh-kay…OK!” Leaving no doubt as to the romantic nature of the demon being exorcised, the cover photo ofKnow Better Learn Faster showed Thao peeking out from under a blindfold, armed to take a whack at a giant piñata heart…”

Read the rest of my interview with the very talented, very personable frontwoman of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down in Issue #79 of the Paste mPlayer.

Fiction In The Literary Review

I’m very pleased to have a piece of short fiction, “After I Smothered The Baby,” included in the latest issue of The Literary Review. Expanding on the theme “Loss Control,” TLR has produced a fantastic issue featuring new fiction from Percival Everett (revisiting the desolate terrain of Assumption — only now, with snakes!) In addition, Melanie Braverman offers a captivating excerpt from her prose-poetry project The World with Us in It, Martha Witt deftly reviews Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, and poet Will Schutt contributes my favorite piece in the issue, “American Window.” Print copies or PDF versions can be ordered here.



Review of Prosperous Friends

Kicking off the New Year, my review of Prosperous Friends by the incomparable Christine Schutt. Find the piece here at Paste.

Review of Blue Lines

Returning to Paste for a review of Blue Lines, Massive Attack’s seminal debut. Find my piece on the new remaster/reissue here.

Review of Bish Bosch

The incomparable Scott Walker has released albums deserving high slots on “Best of The Decade” lists for the 1990’s (Tilt) and the 2000’s (The Drift). Bish Bosch? My review is here at Paste.