Author Archive for Justin Moyer

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.

1. Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions, by Jim Cullen
When I think of Jim Morrison, I don't think of Jim Morrison, but of Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's The Doors. And when I think of Justice Earl Warren, [...]

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.
1. The Best of Punk Magazine, by John Holmstrom
Musical genres should have fight songs. You know, like sports teams. "The Ramones invented it, the English perfected it. The Stooges presaged it, Green Day reflected it. It's... punk! HOO-RAH. HOO-RAH. HOO-RAH. HOO-RAH."
2. Ship It Holla [...]

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.
1. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, by Lawrence Wright
People always want to talk about John Travolta's religious beliefs, sexuality, terrible hair plugs, terrible Christmas album with Olivia Newton-John, or comeback in Pulp Fiction, but never seem to mention that the [...]

The 60 Books I Read in 2012

I read 60 books in 2012. They are listed below in mostly reverse chronological order.
Because I write book reviews for money, I offer this list to demystify/illuminate the art of reading/reviewing as I have come to understand it since reading my first book in 1981 at age four. Many reviewers, though they publish "Best of" [...]

E.D. In the E.U.: Heilbronn, Germany and Aachen, Germany

Dispatches from E.D. Sedgwick's winter tour through Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland.
Things to do in the final days of 2012 fall European tour:
Play a show booked by a Bosnian-German guy who DJs German Christmas songs at 2 a.m. at overpowering volumes. Eat his mother's incredible cooking while looking for a place to sleep in [...]

E.D. in the E.U.: Jihlava, Czech Republic and Munich, Germany

Dispatches from E.D. Sedgwick's winter tour through Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland.
I fall on hard times, upsetting meticulous plans to regularly update my Washington City Paper Arts Desk tour blog. Sure, WiFi (pronounced "wee-fee" in Europe) is spotty in the Czech Republic. But my problems transcend password-protected servers: My vintage 2007 iMac laptop [...]

E.D. in the E.U.: Olomouc and Brno, Czech Republic

Dispatches from E.D. Sedgwick's winter tour through Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland.
I fall on hard times, disrupting my plans to regularly update my Washington City Paper Arts Desk tour blog. "Where is your copy?" my editor screams. "The bottom is falling out of our business model, and our company's continuing profitability depends on you!"
But [...]

E.D. in the E.U.: Kolin, Czech Republic

I realize that our show tonight in Warsaw, Poland, is not in Warsaw, but in Wroclaw, Poland, and that the show is canceled. In lieu of playing Poland, our Czech booking agent books a last-minute show in Kolin, a small town with a charming square much like Hradec Kralove, and only about 50 km from [...]

E.D. in the E.U.: Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

Dispatches from E.D. Sedgwick's winter tour through Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland.
We leave our Soviet-style hostel and begin the second day of our search for laundry.
A hurried consultation with the promoter from Usti Nad Labem reveals that there is a laundromat in Hradec Kralove, the next difficult-to-pronounce town we will play, but that, like [...]

Show No. 11: Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic

Dispatches from E.D. Sedgwick's winter tour through Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland.
We wake in a hostel near Prague's Vaclav Havel Airport. With a short drive to the next show, we have too much time on our hands and wander around downtown Prague for a few hours, unsuccessfully trying to do laundry. Laundromats, it turns [...]

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