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26 Songs in 30 Days: Greg Vandy’s book about Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs

A history book by local authors about music created in the Pacific Northwest? Of course I was going to read to 26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest by Greg Vandy and Daniel Person, and of course I was going to like it. It […]

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Bread & Wine: Fantagraphics reissues a timeless romantic masterpiece about a dystopian prophet and a homeless man

It all started with an act of kindness to a passer-by. A man saw a paperback copy of Norman Podheretz's Making It as part of a used book sale spread out on a blanket on the street, and asked the flith-smeared fellow who placed it there how much he wanted for it. It was just a […]

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Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All

Hard Listening is the biography of a rock supergroup (consisting mostly of best-selling authors) that lasted for twenty years (playing to audiences that consisted mostly of librarians). Hard Listening is an experiment in multimedia literature, with interactive quizzes and video clips in addition to the standard interviews and essays. But really, at its heart, Hard […]

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Deep Focus: Books on They Live and Death Wish give you lots to think about and geek out on

Deep Focus is a new line of small but richly rewarding studies, the first one about a favorite film by a great writer, Christopher Sorrentino. They’re cheap and hot little books perfect for reading at the bus stop, before a movie or concert, and especially along with a DVD of the flick being playfully examined. […]

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Reality heightened with noir style in three mind-bending new titles from Fantagraphics

For those who were thrilled by the tribute to film noir at this year's Seattle International Film Festival, and are craving that same sexy, dark psychosis in some graphic novels, locally-based/internationally renowned publisher Fantagraphics recently put out three books to cooly creep out your summer.    Abandoned Cars: Stories by Tim Lane was released last […]

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The punk rock life and unsolved death of the mastermind behind "New Wave Theatre" is extraordinary reading

Have you ever seen Eraserhead? In David Lynch’s first B&W Surrealist mind-hump of a movie, there is scene with a little song the “Lady in the Radiator” sings in which the only lyrics are: “In heaven, everything is fine.” It is a supremely affecting and menacing moment in an art film filled with them. Josh […]

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New Bomb Turks frontman writes essential tome on punk from 1988-2001

“We’ve always been of the mind that it’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to ask for permission.” –Eddie Spaghetti, The Supersuckers. So begins We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut: 1988-2001 by Eric Davidson, whose name you may have seen on by-lines for succinct, sucker-punching articles in Village Voice media papers and on […]

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Punk comics Love & Rockets creator will be at Emerald City Con this weekend

[video:] This weekend (Saturday and Sunday, March 13 and 14) Seattle area comics fans have a big old funny book hootenanny to party at inside the Washington State Convention Center. There are some panels and huge rooms full of comics and toys being sold. Also, dealers of another kind: I found the bootleg soundtrack to […]

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