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DEVIN McKINNEY is the author of

Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and

History (2003), The Man Who Saw a Ghost:

The Life and Work of Henry Fonda (2012), and Jesusmania! The Bootleg Superstar of

Gettysburg College (2016).

He's also written many reviews, articles,

essays, fragments and whimsies. Those that

are available online can be accessed at

the Archives page.


It's been a while, but some new releases have had me wanting to get my 0.02 into the public kitty.

Here's what I thought of

Greil Marcus's new book,

Folk Music: A Bob Dylan Biography

in Seven Songs.

My thoughts on Bob Dylan's new book, The Philosophy of Modern Song, are here.

My review of the Revolver Deluxe Box Set is at Critics at Large.

My conversation with Beatles critic and biographer Tim Riley about the Get Back documentary, and other things, is up at The Riley Rock Report.

And ​I'm still working on

the book, whose subject

is on plain view on this

page, if you read the

signs correctly.

See you on the way down . . .

He's writing his next book now.

Maybe this very minute.

Most days he can be found either at his

desk or in the library at Gettysburg College, where he works as an archivist.

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What I take to be the central theme in the American literature of the fantastic, the loss of the individual will, hence of the self, and the terror aroused by the prospect of this loss ...

— Peter Straub, “Introduction,”

American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s to Now

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