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Fan Mail for Evan Peterson: Dark Songs With Pretty Words

By on Dec 8, 2013 in Gotta Hear This Music, Playlists, Writers |

This is my friend Evan Peterson. Isn’t he handsome? He runs this nifty press in Seattle, and he writes zombie poetry and other things horrific, queer and clever. He has a timid greyhound rescue dog named after a character in an Oscar Wilde story. This is a mix tape for Evan. So the songs are a little dark or a little queer, or well-stated, just like Evan and the stuff he writes. I’ve also focused on songs that are new wave, electro, or dark wave as I know those are genres Mr. Petersen and I both favor. In honing the list, I’ve favored songs that embrace big topics like God while fearlessly examining our shadow selves, because I know Evan Petersen thinks about the heavy shit. And this is the part where I explain the choices. Because what fun is a mix if you don’t overthink it? Evan’s Clever Dark Electro Mix Veils – Not Yet (4:54) One of my favorite...

Sneak a Listen at 826 Valencia Benefit Album Tracklist

By on Nov 27, 2013 in Bay Area, Books, Writing, Publishing, Culture, Gotta Hear This Music, Playlists, Publishing:, San Francisco, Writers, Writing | 1 comment

Check out some songs from the forthcoming 826 Valencia benefit album.

Against the Figurative Use of the Word Literally

By on Nov 5, 2013 in All, Writing | 14 comments

The one where I shit all over Dictionary.com’s defense of the figurative use of the word “literally”.

Hipster Hating Lives On

By on Sep 24, 2013 in Books, Writing, Publishing, Culture, Media, Writers |

I love the latest article in The Awl, “I Am An Object Of Internet Ridicule, Ask Me Anything“. It’s about a typewriter busker who ended up getting labeled as a hipster in an Internet meme. For one thing, I dig typewriter buskers. More importantly, as my regular readers may recall, I’ve written two articles about hipster hating, which were republished in a Kansas City entertainment weekly. It’s this weird quirk of mine that I’m opposed to threats of violence against strangers, simply because of their fashion, beer and bicycle choices, no matter how strange those choices may be. The post in The Awl chronicles what it’s like to be on the receiving end of such threats, and reminds us that people doing weird things (like God-effing-forbid, taking a typewriter out in public) often do them for perfectly understandable reasons. Personally, I take an...

Why the Daily Show Keeps Winning Emmies

By on May 26, 2013 in All, Culture, Humor, Media, Politics, Writers | 1 comment

In a recent segment on The Daily Show Jon Stewart notes the contrast between hackers and potheads whom the DOJ targets and the big banks that continue to be prosecution proof. He leads into this with a segment that compares the Obama administration’s words to their action in their commitment to freedom of the press. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Priorities USA www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Indecision Political Humor The Daily Show on Facebook   The LULz just keeping coming over a juxtaposition of news clips that no other news source would put together. You get news stories about: the prosecution of state-run marijuana shops, a man who faces twenty-five years for hacking a Taylor Swift article, and otherwise boring C-Span clips of the coverage of the DOJ’s attempts to find a bank they can prosecute. This isn’t news,...

“How Do I Get Published?” Tip #2

By on Aug 13, 2012 in All, Books, Writing, Publishing, Publishing: |

As a publishing industry professional, I’m often asked, “How do I get published?” Here’s my second post on what you can do now to help your chances of getting out of the slush pile and into the bookstores. This is focused on how to be published with traditional publishers, but these tips will help you with self-publishing too. “How Do I Get Published?” See Your Name in Print #2: Prove That Your Book Has Sales Potential One way to convince a publisher to publish your book right now is to have solid data showing that there is an interest in buying it. The way most writers approach this is through tip #1, Establish Yourself As An Expert, but it’s not the only way. The way we’re looking at today is showing how similar books sold well. Smart publishers will look at how well comps (industry term for competing titles in the same category) have...