Hey, this is what the cover of the paperback of King Dork Approximately will look like. It is coming out October 4th and can now be pre-ordered. It's going to come with a free download of King Dork Approximately the Album (about which more to come.)
Freddie deBoer on the sublime narcissism of getting offended on other people's behalf.
I posted this link on facebook without comment (in that pass-agg way I sometimes have of posting things without comment just to see what people will say, knowing if I said this stuff myself everyone would be "all over me" as the saying goes.) Basically, while I can't make heads or tails of his final example concerning celebrities I never heard of and their televised pick-up lines, I found much to agree with. (And judging from the many people who "shared" it, many people in my facebook-o-sphere agreed.)
The reason I'm recapitulating it here is because there was some pushback in the comments from Nate Pensky, with whom I've always had the most interesting and productive discussions in the past. There was some back and forth, and it ended with some intriguing questions about Puritanism and symbols and so forth that I have to give some more thought to before dashing off my thoughts in a comment box. It reminded me of the old days on this blog when the comments used to work. So I'm linking to that post here in case I ever want to find it again to see if it's all still interesting some time in the future.
(via a link in this essay placing the Monkees in the context of the "LA Scene.")
So my buddy Chuck Prophet and I are doing a show at Armando's in Martinez on March 20th. If I have ever set foot in Martinez before in my life I am unaware of it, so, well, yeah, mark your calendars and come on by.
As a teenager I dreamed of being Pete Townshend and/or Shelley, Ray Davies, Jonathan Richman, et al., but also this guy: