The Man Who Saw a Ghost
Open Shelves, Secret Agreements
Edited and Co-Edited Books
New Work / News
"Superstar" at 50
Just Another Birthday Party with the Folks
Prisoner & Eunuch
Belle and Sebastian
Bonzo Dog Band
George Roy Hill
hunter s. thompson
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jorge Luis Borges
Leopold and Loeb
He tried to do his best
My review of Neil Young’s ROXY: Tonight’s the Night Live, capturing the moment when he really got into the ditch.
Things about to happen
At Critics at Large: remembering a modest but flawless little crime drama that has never left my memory.
At Critics at Large: My piece on the bilious, brilliant books of the Brown Buffalo, Oscar Zeta Acosta.
At HiLobrow: My contribution to a year-long series in which 52 writers wax on one of their favorite albums of the Nineties. (N.B. This...
Coming from Cambridgeport
At Critics at Large: my review of Ryan H. Walsh’s Astral Weeks, concerning Van Morrison, the Lyman cult, and everything weird and...
Garry Mimble to you!
The last thing I’ll ask you to read this year, I promise: my thoughts on the Beatles’ Christmas records — both the more familiar and the...
Take a bite
I’m thrilled that an excerpt from Magic Circles has found its way into another magnificent anthology of music writing. In Sound Bites:...
My review of the controversial Jann Wenner biography, concerning “the baby-boomer visionary whose singular will to power, rakish...
Stars fell on Alabama last night
Black voters kicked racist red-state ass. To repurpose a phrase from Ronald Reagan – who meant something quite different by it – it’s...
“Unless [the] would-be lover is able to replace his or her backbone with a steel rod, he or she is doomed. This is no place for love.” At...