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this ain’t the summer of love

While I’m still figuring out what this place is – or will be – because I’m a masochist and love a deadline, I joined b.markey’s new project, This Ain’t The Summer Of Love. Look for my debut post this weekend. (See? Deadline)

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33 1/3 results are in

The results are in, and no I did not make it (and yes, more on that after the jump). But, looking at who made the cut, the august company there makes me feel a little better about the rejection. The submission list was long and broad, too.

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young neil on writing

From Rolling Stone #992, interview by Alec Wilkinson (go buy it, this interview is worth it):

Then he turned the book over and showed me the lyrics, written in pen, with only a word here and there crossed out, and with the verses themselves not usually running below the top half of the page. “I might have two lines and use only one version of them,” he said. “Or a line or two not used. If you look, sometimes it’s three, four, one, two in terms of the order of verses, but usually it’s just as it came. It’s just a matter of where did I tap into it, what part of it. If I don’t question it, it comes together. If I question it, it can take months.”

I said something about how unusual it is to be able to write so fluently. Other writers don’t usually describe it, I said.

“Maybe they don’t let themselves,” Young said. “Maybe they let too many other things get in the way.”

He closed the book. “When you start writing,” he said, “don’t let other things bother you. Just keep going. It doesn’t take long. It isn’t long to be absent.”

Just leaves me awe-struck.

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New Backstreets out

Backstreets #83/84 is FINALLY out, praise the deities.

Inside from me: an interview with Alan Vega from Suicide, a sidebar with Jesse Malin, and something I thought was just *funny* — I interview the wizarding group Harry & The Potters, because “Harry” is an enormous Springsteen fan. (Disclaimer: at the time I suggested this story to my editor, the most recent Harry Potter was just about to come out and so it was, actually, timely. Now it just looks stupid, I realize this. But it was hardly intended to be the highest of high art.)

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the nature of truth

Chasing Ray: The Nature of Truth

“There are things you need to do as a writer, skills you have to acquire, a craft you need to develop. I have no interest however in becoming a liar. I wrote a story, a good story, a story about how it was for me once, how it was, mostly. My story is fiction.”

Just beautiful.

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Yet more pointless comments about Frey and LeRoy

…with some Greil Marcus thrown in.

I have been thinking about this, a lot, partly because if you are a writer you have no choice; if you and read writing/publishing blogs, the subject is unavoidable; and, frankly, if you breathe air in the U.S. right now, it is everywhere. I didn’t watch Frey on Larry King last night; I missed the 9pm showing, and caught highlights later on Anderson Cooper, where Frey’s attitude was so – unabashed – that I realized that They have decided to let him get away with it, because he was still an addict and blah blah blah blah blah.

That was when I went on Amazon and put my copy of A Million Little Pieces (hardback, no Oprah’s Book Club here) up for sale. It took all of 90 minutes before someone bought it.

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dear readers: your input solicited

I am looking at pulling together some of my best pieces to submit for an anthology, and would invite your comments as to which of my writing on this site (or anywhere else, for that matter) from the year 2005 you enjoyed the most, or didn’t enjoy but think was a damn good piece of writing.

Email or comments, as you like. And THANK YOU.

(P.S. I just upgraded to a new version of Moveable Type so comments may not work perfectly – email if they don’t work for you, also so I know…)

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more 33 1/3

Here’s a list of ALL of the artists proposed from all of the 33 1/3 submissions. Those of you who want to guess, perhaps this will help. (Again, don’t go for the obvious.)

Out of all of these, eight will be chosen.

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springsteen enters the mcsweeney’s zone

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Bruce Springsteen Songs, If the Title More Accurately Reflected the Subject Matter.

It’s funny, sure, but it’s still stupid snarky cooler-than-thou enough to make me want to defenestrate the author. It’s the stereotype of what your average hipster thinks Bruce’s songs are about (and tell me, “It was written for McSweeney’s, DOH” and I’ll defenestrate you.)

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NaNoWriMo Update

For those keeping score:

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23,169 / 50,000
(46.0%)

Two more weeks to go.

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