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Jun112013

Early June

The above video doesn't have much to do with anything, I suppose. Or maybe it has to do with everything.

The writer Andrew F. Sullivan, author of the June 2013-released story collection All We Want Is Everything (look at that cover!), from Arbeiter Ring Publishing in Canada, tweeted something at me today that went like this: A good recipe for sorrow: "Hold on Magnolia" from Songs: Ohia paired with a heavy dose of Chad Simpson's story "Tell Everyone I Said Hi."

I'd never heard of Jason Molina/Songs:Ohia/Magnolia Electric Co, but I read about him while listening to "Hold on Magnolia," and holy shit. My heart was breaking all over the place. And then there was that gorgeous footage in the YouTube video of the demolition derby in Columbia, Missouri.

Man.

I still don't know how I missed Molina for so long--and during all of those years when I was listening to Uncle Tupelo & Wilco & Son Volt & Jay Farrar & Whiskeytown & Ryan Adams. I'm going to buy the Songs:Ohia album right now.

But back to the reason for this post, which was just supposed to be my touching base, catching y'all up on things now that school's out and I have the time:

Right around the time I wrote my last blog post, an excellent review of Tell Everyone I Said Hi, written by Alexander Lumans, a guy who writes some pretty great stories himself, appeared in The Collagist. I really love this one. I mean, the dude quotes Mary Ruefle.

A little while later, I was interviewed by Sarahana Shrestha for The Short Form. She asked me some great questions, and I was grateful for her insights into the book. It's always a pleasure to talk with people who are smarter than you are, especially when they don't hold that kind of thing over your head. Plus: That website! I love the look of that thing.

And then a review of TEISH appeared in the PANK blog. This one was written by Dawn West, another great writer/thinker. I didn't think I could like a review as much as the one that Alex wrote for The Collagist, but this one is right up there with it, for sure.

I think that's everything for now. I'm entering summer mode--hunkering down to get some real work done. And I've been making some plans to give readings and visit classrooms come Fall & Winter. In case I haven't been clear: I'm still feeling pretty lucky about all this.

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