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Lights Out

Andy Warhol was at a production of The Cherry Orchard when New York City’s blackout hit; the actors kept going in the dark. “This was the moment these actors had been waiting all their lives for–to make the show go on,” he observed. From his entry the next day: Thursday, July 14, 1977 On TV […]

posted 26 August 2009 in Excerpts. no comments yet

Friday Foto: Flinders Street Station

I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Australia. I’m pretty much completely jetlagged, but I’m just functional enough to blog, and I thought I’d share a couple of photos of the main train station in Melbourne.

posted 21 August 2009 in Photos. no comments yet

Two New Pence to Have a Go

From The Andy Warhol Diaries, a description of a fundraiser for Jimmy Carter at the Waldorf: Thursday, June 23, 1977 We were up in the balcony. When the president came in he went around and shook every single person’s hand in the whole place and that took a few hours. Ann Landers was kind of […]

posted 19 August 2009 in Excerpts. no comments yet

Hey Diddle Diddle With the Kitty in the Middle

Shotguns, bologna sandwiches, and rehab: that’s the summary version of my recent interview with Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith. If you want the details, you can pick up the new issue of Maxim (it’s my first piece for them; Joanna Krupa is on the cover), or just read it on their website here. It […]

posted 17 August 2009 in Articles, Outside. 1 comment

Friday Foto: Reflections

Taken on Peck Slip, in downtown NYC.

posted 14 August 2009 in Photos. no comments yet

On the Blink

The new issue of Rolling Stone has two of the magazine’s perennial features: a cover image of Barack Obama (his fourth, I believe) and an article by me on Blink-182 (my fifth). The article isn’t available online, so if you want to read about Travis Barker’s harrowing recovery and the band’s reunion, you’ll have to […]

posted 13 August 2009 in Articles, Self-reflexive. no comments yet

High Technology

I don’t hear Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” as much as I used to, which is for the best, really. But it came up last week on the Sirius-XM ’80s station, and I thought of something that I never noticed twenty-four years ago–you don’t need to “install” microwave ovens. You put them on the counter […]

posted 11 August 2009 in Tasty Bits. 2 comments

Friday Foto: Desecration

Photographed a few years back in a rural graveyard in New Zealand.

posted 7 August 2009 in Photos. no comments yet

Having Fun Offstage with Elvis

I realized this morning that two recent albums–Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion and Wonderlick’s Topless at the Arco Arena–have something unusual in common. Their titles include the names of concert venues despite not being live records. Can anybody think of any others? (The MPP is a Gehry-designed shed in Maryland; Jackson Browne recorded “The Load-Out/Stay” […]

posted 6 August 2009 in Tasty Bits. 4 comments

I’ve Been Here for Years

Part two of my two-part “Where Are They Now?” series is Right Said Fred. As with the Spin Doctors, this is up-to-date as of 2004. WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: RIGHT SAID FRED By Gavin Edwards A detailed yet incomplete list of the things Right Said Fred were too sexy for: their shirt, their car, their […]

posted 3 August 2009 in Archives, Unpublished. no comments yet