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Rolling in the Deep, 11/5/13

You might be interested in a couple of pieces I wrote that appeared on the Rolling Stone website last week. I have a short interview with National guitarist Bryce Dessner, centered on his collaboration with the Kronos Quartet (the album Aheym, which I quite like). And, pegged to Halloween, I did a roundup (I’m trying […]

posted 5 November 2013 in Outside. no comments yet

Phoenix Lists

If you want to read full-length paragraphs on the topic of River Phoenix, woven together into a larger narrative, your best bet is the full-length biography I wrote that was published last week, Last Night at the Viper Room (available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Powell’s, or your local bookstore). But if you want […]

posted 1 November 2013 in Links, Outside. no comments yet

Last Night at the Viper Room: Now in Russian

The website for the Russian edition of Rolling Stone has put up an excerpt from Last Night at the Viper Room (the chapter about the making of Stand by Me). I can’t speak to the quality of the translation, so I’m just going to  assume that it’s excellent. It’s cool and surreal to see my […]

posted 29 October 2013 in Excerpts, Outside. 3 comments

Rolling in the Deep, 10/21/13

I did another list for the Rolling Stone website last week, on the twelve most Canadian things about Neil Young (who was born north of the border but has lived in the States for many decades now). Some Canadians have taken exception to the list, and as far as I can tell they have two […]

posted 21 October 2013 in Outside. no comments yet

A Man, a Plan, a Dan–Alpanama!

You may recall an article I wrote last year for Men’s Journal about Dan McLaughlin and his “Dan Plan”: at age 30, despite never having played a round of golf in his life, he decided that he would quit his job and devote 10,000 hours to remaking himself as the best golfer possible (with the […]

posted 22 July 2013 in Articles, Outside. no comments yet

Lonely Is an Eyesore

I don’t know when I’ve had as much fun reporting an article as I did hanging out with the Lonely Island for this Rolling Stone feature. When I asked where they wanted to meet, the answer was at the Universal Studios theme park, so they could go on the Transformers ride. Plus, we took in […]

posted 13 June 2013 in Articles, Outside. 1 comment

Riding Across the Desert on a Fine Arab Charger

Although the Rolling Stones are one of my favorite bands, somehow I had never seen them live until this weekend. I had opportunities over the years–in the ‘9os, I was going to get tickets, but Pat, my officemate at Details, talked me out of it, arguing that I didn’t really want to see “the dancing […]

posted 5 May 2013 in Outside, Reviews. 3 comments

Shell Shocked

You have probably already heard the news of Michelle Shocked’s onstage meltdown and rant against gay marriage, which seems to have put the kibosh on her current tour, and possibly her career. Previously, she was not just a warrior for progressive politics, but imbued with a generous spirit towards humanity, which makes this descent into […]

posted 19 March 2013 in Articles, News, Outside. no comments yet

Saturday Morning’s Alright for Posting Elton John News

I had the pleasure of having tea with Sir Elton John yesterday. (Well, I had actually had mac and cheese plus a Diet Coke, but he had a cup of tea, so I think it counts.) The occasion was a small listening party for his forthcoming album (his thirtieth!), The Diving Board. It’s not out […]

posted 23 February 2013 in News, Outside. no comments yet

This Message Was Brought to You by the Letter K

A quick byline update on two articles I wrote that were published in Rolling Stone in recent weeks: pieces on the Killers and Ke$ha. Both acts have new albums coming out this fall. Only one of the interviews took place in bed.

posted 2 August 2012 in Outside. no comments yet