How I Discovered My Favorite David Bowie Song
Posted in One Million Watts on 4 November 2010
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There are some songs that find a hole in your sense of self and plug it up … and all at once, you begin filling up with the exultations to which you were once immune.

A Caveman’s Halloween
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 27 October 2010
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Don’t ask me if I get excited for Halloween. I spent pretty much every Halloween from birth through age 16 hiding in a cave.

An Open Letter to Robert Smith of The Cure
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 21 October 2010
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I own just three Cure albums, one of which is a greatest hits. Yet your band has had a profound impact on my life by being in the right place at the right time.

The Night I Joined the Rolling Stones (Sales Team)
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 14 October 2010
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We were told to suggest-sell the living hell out of the Rolling Stones’ new album. Inspired, I went to the magazine rack with a pair of scissors

David Byrne is Cool, and Here’s Why
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 11 October 2010
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He asks questions and then he listens. You know how many people ask a question and then look around while you’re answering?

Things We Like: “Heavy Metal Parking Lot,” Penn Jillette Sightings and Sad Don
Posted in Things We Like on 11 September 2010
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Killing time in the parking lot before a 1980s Judas Priest show. Also: Penn Jillette appears on the horizon, and Don Draper emotes in a variety pack.

In Praise of Long John Silver’s Krums
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 7 September 2010
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Krums are the fried pieces of excess batter that drip or break off of the “real” food. Oh, how I coveted the mountains of Krums.

New Wave Songs Once Enjoyed on Airplanes
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 31 August 2010
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As the song played I imagined that I was a secret agent carrying a top-secret mix tape from New York to Paris. It was easy to have spy fantasies on planes back when everyone smoked.

In Defense of the Awful Clothes I Wore in the 1980s
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 28 July 2010
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As I pored over the stack of photos from the 1980s, I realized that I’ve never been happy with the way I look in pictures … and that I used to dress like the world’s worst superhero.

I Was a Teenage Art Prodigy (and I Didn’t Care)
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 14 July 2010
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The late pop artist Ray Johnson once sent me some art, which I may have floating around in storage. If I kept it at all.