Listen Closer: Thom Yorke, Luluc, Lucinda Williams, Leonard Cohen, My Brightest Diamond, Sinead O’Connor

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It's time to check the New Music Seismograph! What albums are shaking the ground beneath my feet?Those who have followed my blog over the past┬ádecade or so know that I'm averse to "rating" art with a point system. (I mean, really... how much can you learn about a record if I tell you "I give it a 72"?)But hey, just to shake things up, I'm going to make an exception. What good is a blog if it doesn't surprise readers from time to time? Introducing the Overst-richter Scale... … [Read more...]

Fingertips: Longhand Writing; Time-Based Pixel Painting; Beer; Richard Linklater; Leonard Cohen; Joe Henry; Kate Bush; G.K. Chesterton; and St. Vincent

Writing on a computer is like sprinting through a park; you can cover a lot of ground very quickly. But will you have much to say about the ground you covered, or the sights and sounds you passed along the way?I want to write about subjects that deserve close observation... the kind of "seeing" that can only happen when you're patiently strolling along the path. So I write my fiction longhand. It slows me down. I see more (and better) storytelling opportunities. When I rough-draft fiction on … [Read more...]


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