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New Collagist Interview: “Dunking Myself in the Soup of Information”

William Hoffacker kindly interviewed me for The Collagist blog, asking me about Boss Fight, music taste, the role of research, book recommendations, and especially about my essay, All Our Pretty Songs.

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New Essay Up at the Collagist: All Our Pretty Songs

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Thanks to Matt Bell for publishing this! Teaser below.

Of the TRAIN Act, National Petrochemical & Refiners Association President Charles T. Drevna said, “Many of EPA’s costly regulations threaten America’s economic and national security and job creation, while providing little or no significant environmental benefit,” adding, “Existing regulations also need to be examined so those that do far more harm than good can be eliminated.” Jane Goodall asked a USA Today reporter, “If we’re not raising new generations to be better stewards of the environment, what’s the point?” and in the number one song in America, Adam Levine sang,

You say I’m a kid
My ego is big
I don’t give a shit
and it goes like this,

and the next day, the House voted 249 to 169 to approve the TRAIN Act, which was especially good for certain old coal plants like Virginia’s Potomac River Generating Station, which polluted at such high levels that it would have been shut down, cutting jobs.

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I reviewed Eric Rayond’s CONFESSIONS FROM A DARK WOOD for the Collagist

“Do you think we should arrive in the white-on-white Bentley,” LaBar asks Nick before meeting with a big potential client, “or would separate Ferraris be more his style?” And when Nick ups the ante by suggesting they hire a driver for the occasion, Pontius delivers the closest thing he’s got to a catch phrase: “I couldn’t agree more.” The emphasis, for LaBar, like the American one percenters his creator skewers, is always on “more.”

The gist is I’m on board for whatever next winds up in Raymond’s crosshairs. There’s been talk this week about hoards of Lipsyte imitators who can’t match the real deal, but I think Eric is one who has absorbed some of the methods for righteous skewering without ever handing over the reins to other stylists. Thanks as always to Gabriel Blackwell for his sharp edits.

Read the review here.

And the whole issue here.

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