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Bad Motherfucker: On Sale Now!

I am motherfucking delighted to let you know that my book about Samuel L. Jackson, Bad Motherfucker, is on sale now. It’s a deep dive into his fascinating life, into his filmography of 140-plus movies, and into the meaning of cool in the 21st century. (It also has dozens of amazing artists reimagining the posters […]

posted 27 October 2021 in Buy My Stuff, Links. 1 comment

R.I.P. Kim Shattuck

I was very sad to hear of the death of the mighty Kim Shattuck, the creative force behind the Muffs–the band never achieved the commercial success of some of their pop-punk peers in the early 1990s, but they made some excellent albums and Shattuck had one of the all-time great rock screams, right up there […]

posted 7 October 2019 in Links, News, Outside. no comments yet

In Praise of R. Sikoryak

Over at BoingBoing, I wrote an essay about the most excellent illustrator of The Tao of Bill Murray, R. Sikoryak. Over here, I’m happy to post one of my favorite pieces of art from the book, where Bill Murray worms his way into the world of M.C. Escher.

posted 8 December 2016 in Links. no comments yet

Tao of Bill Murray Review Roundup

The Tao of Bill Murray came out last week, and there was rejoicing throughout the land. I think rather highly of the book–as well I should–but perhaps you’d like reports and opinions from some impartial commentators? In the New York Times Book Review, columnist John Williams observed that “there seems to be just one big […]

posted 26 September 2016 in Buy My Stuff, Links. no comments yet

Rolling in the Deep: 2/2/16

What’s that? You say you’re curious about my recent work for the Rolling Stone website? Well, you better start clicking up a storm, because in the last couple of months, I wrote about Bill Murray’s awesome Christmas special, the Beatles’ most blatant swipes from other artists, the musicians and musical figures who died in 2015, […]

posted 2 February 2016 in Links. no comments yet

Live Aid-a-versary

Thirty years ago today, lots of bands played in an epic concert in both London and Philadelphia, seeking to do something about famine in Africa (with mixed results). Two years ago, I wrote up a list of the some of the Live Aid highlights that might jog memories (or send you down the YouTube rabbit […]

posted 13 July 2015 in Links. 2 comments

Self-Descriptive Song Titles

I totally enjoyed the recent essay by Chris Molanphy (a friend of Rule Forty-Two) about Taylor Swift’s “Blank Spaces,” part of his excellent ongoing series for Slate on the songs that top the pop charts. This sentence jumped out at me: It’s rare that a chart-topping hit’s title actually alludes to what the song itself […]

posted 4 December 2014 in Links. 3 comments


Last night’s Oscars were almost exactly the baseline of what one can expect from the show: a few surprises (but not too many), a middle-of-the-road hosting job by Ellen (neither exceptionally bad or good, which was a pleasant change after some recent hosting debacles), a reminder to catch up on some of last year’s movies […]

posted 3 March 2014 in Links, Outside. no comments yet

Viper Room Review Roundup

I’ve received a fair number of reviews for Last Night at the Viper Room, which I hugely appreciate; when you spend many months writing a book, it’s a blessing whenever people read it and consider it seriously. (When they actually like it, all the better.) In case you’re curious about what people who are not […]

posted 12 November 2013 in Buy My Stuff, Links. no comments yet

Viper Room Interview Roundup

One of the nice things about releasing a book is that smart people want to talk about it with you. If you’re interested in knowing more about about Last Night at the Viper Room, or if you just want to see how I handle answering questions instead of asking them, perhaps you’d like to check […]

posted 6 November 2013 in Buy My Stuff, Links. no comments yet