Wednesday, April 29, 2009

leaves wwia inside me

Doing the WWIA thing again, now for Crawdaddy, starting with Unwound's beloved Leaves Turn Inside You. Reviewed the Brakes too.

Monday, April 20, 2009

200 posts

for my 201st trick i will make pitchfork's credibility disappear

Thursday, April 16, 2009

i don't really blog anymore

but i will steal from yours, thx

Rules to review by:

1. Try to understand what the author wished to do, and do not blame him for not achieving what he did not attempt.

2. Give him enough direct quotation–at least one extended passage–of the book’s prose so the review’s reader can form his own impression, can get his own taste.

3. Confirm your description of the book with quotation from the book, if only phrase-long, rather than proceeding by fuzzy precis.

4. Go easy on plot summary, and do not give away the ending. (How astounded and indignant was I, when innocent, to find reviewers blabbing, and with the sublime inaccuracy of drunken lords reporting on a peasants’ revolt, all the turns of my suspenseful and surpriseful narrative! Most ironically, the only readers who approach a book as the author intends, unpolluted by pre-knowledge of the plot, are the detested reviewers themselves. And then, years later, the blessed fool who picks the volume at random from a library shelf.)

5. If the book is judged deficient, cite a successful example along the same lines, from the author’s ouevre or elsewhere. Try to understand the failure. Sure it’s his and not yours?

To these concrete five might be added a vaguer sixth, having to do with maintaining a chemical purity in the reaction between product and appraiser. Do not accept for review a book you are predisposed to dislike, or committed by friendship to like. Do not imagine yourself a caretaker of any tradition, an enforcer of any party standards, a warrior in an idealogical battle, a corrections officer of any kind. Never, never (John Aldridge, Norman Podhoretz) try to put the author “in his place,” making him a pawn in a contest with other reviewers. Review the book, not the reputation. Submit to whatever spell, weak or strong, is being cast. Better to praise and share than blame and ban. The communion between reviewer and his public is based upon the presumption of certain possible joys in reading, and all our discriminations should curve toward that end.

—John Updike

(jacked from todd burns, king of the editors)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

an alternative universe

Alfred Soto on the worst year for indie rock when my A-list didn't have to resort to Lily Allen.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

nearly resisted labeling this "disturbia"

This excellent, unsettling, necessary article breaks my heart.