April 22, 2006



I don't know if you've noticed it, but, believe it or not there's an amazingly prominent review of King Dork in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, with this huge-ass photo of me (taken by my friend Paige O'Donoghue.) I got an "A," too. (Simon Schama only got a "B+")

Remember that time when a review of one of my band's records almost made it into Rolling Stone, but not quite? Rumors that Rolling Stone had relaxed its stringent rules forbidding Dr. Frank-related content turned out to be greatly exaggerated in the event. Well, I wouldn't have been at all surprised if the EW people had Rolling Stoned me this time. Believe me, I'm used to the Rolling Stone treatment by now. But no, it turns out I didn't get Rolling Stoned at all: the issue came out and the review was in there! They already printed 1.8 million copies, too, so they can't take it back. Sweet. EW reviews do get posted on line, but I can't find mine yet, so no link. Just go to a magazine rack somewhere, pick one up, and open it to the Books section in the back. Stand there staring in wonderment at the general atmosphere of surreality, giggling slightly. That's what I did.

Also, Larry Livermore refused to allow Punk Planet to Rolling Stone me either, and devoted his entire column to the book in the latest issue. I love the anecdote about Larry's sixteen year old cousin who hates Catcher in the Rye and asked his mom to buy King Dork for him on the basis of the defaced CitR cover. Result!

It's not on line either, but you could do the newsrack operation described above if it's of any interest.

Here's a kind assessment by our own Wes Biggs. Thanks, man!

The Teen Lit Website Teens Read Too has this review, and this Q&A with me. If you have ever found yourself wondering what color I would want to be, if I could be any color I liked, you will find the answer there.

Posted by Dr. Frank at April 22, 2006 06:14 PM | TrackBack

Imagine my surprise when I was leafing through the new EW last night and there was a BIG pic of the good Doctor plus a blurby mention of MTX! Congrats on the great review... hopefully it'll translate into some crossover sales for MTX, one of my long-time faves.

Posted by: Dan Taylor at April 22, 2006 06:23 PM

Frank, your ass is not that big. But I will definitely try to check out your rack.

Posted by: Wesley at April 22, 2006 11:37 PM

2000's teen:"That holden caulfield was a puss! didn't even have an i-pod and he couldnt get laid when he had the chance! chump! ha ha ha ! halo 2 time dude!"

i love the future.

Posted by: mikeme at April 23, 2006 01:52 AM

Hey Frank,
What issue of EW is it in? I just went to find it and looked in the April 21st issue and didn't see it (the one with American Idol on the cover-although, don't all of them have American Idol on the cover...). Do you know what the date and/or cover story is of your issue?

Posted by: Matt Riggle at April 24, 2006 12:38 AM

Surreal, yes. Dude, you're famous.

Not that touring around the world in a van like "Josie and the Pussycats" isn't its own form of fame.

Posted by: Robert at April 24, 2006 06:39 AM

Mills High graduate. North Oaklander now. I'll be sure to get a copy.

Posted by: Peter at April 25, 2006 04:29 AM

I devoured EW on my way back from an archaeology conference at San Juan (I know, poor me) and did a double-take on your pic (flashback to my undergrad years, MTX and Cal). Totally thrilled by the enthusiatic review for your book and am on way out to get a copy!

Posted by: Jackie at May 2, 2006 01:31 AM