Author Archive for Nevin Martell

British Sea Power: An Interview

British Sea Power isn’t your average touring band. Over the past 10 years, the UK eccentrics have staged concerts in libraries, amid museum displays, floating on the Thames, and on windswept islands. The group likes to decorate the stage with local foliage and taxidermied animals, crowd surf, and stamp through venues banging on marching drums. [...]

Joy Division’s Peter Hook: An Interview

In some circles, Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures is a more important record than Abbey Road and Exile on Main Street combined. It’s filled with a haunted sense of longing and loss that was only magnified after singer Ian Curtis committed suicide a couple of years after it was made. The remaining band members, including bassist [...]

Maya Angelou: An Interview

When it comes to rating writers, Maya Angelou is a national treasure. Over the course of more than 50 years as an author and poet, she has produced some of the most poignant, insightful, and inspirational commentary about her own life and the evolution of America. Her 1969 autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird [...]

Jonathan Ames and the World of Bored to Death, Considered

Eunuch! If you watched the season two premiere of Bored to Death last week, then that exclamation means something. If you didn’t, then you might be feeling a little awkward right now.
The episode was all about dropping major obstacles in the cast’s path. Ted Danson’s George Christopher is dealing with the takeover of his [...]

Reviewed: Krazy & Ignatz in Tiger Tea by George Herriman

Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson thought that George Herriman’s work was peerless. “Krazy Kat is a completely unique strip,” Watterson told Honk magazine. “I think it’s the best comic strip ever drawn…I marvel at it because it’s beyond duplication. It’s like trying to paint a sunrise—you’re better off not even trying.” Watterson even paid [...]

Reviewed: The Essential Collection by Bill Hicks

"I loved when Bush came out and said, 'We are losing the war against drugs.' You know what that implies? There's a war being fought, and the people on drugs are winning it."
"We live in a world where John Lennon was murdered, yet Barry Manilow continues to put out fucking albums. Goddamnit! If you're gonna [...]

Beginning Today: Fall for the Book Festival in Fairfax

You can’t go three feet on the Internet without reading about the death of the book. No one is buying novels anymore. Bookstores will soon be obsolete. In the not so distant future, people will consume all of their content in Twitter-length bursts delivered directly into their cerebellums by nanobots. But if you go offline [...]

Saturday Night: Kenge Kenge’s Too-Big-for-the-House Concert in Takoma Park

I’ve always wanted to have a concert in my living room. That way I wouldn’t need to be the designated driver, no bouncers would push me around, and passing out after the encore would be a breeze. Up in Takoma Park, concert organizer Marika Partidge hasn’t just been dreaming about such possibilities—she’s been putting on [...]

Book Review: Dexter is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay

Dexter always has two dialogues in progress. There’s the one he carries on with the world around him–a world that is largely ignorant of his dark deeds–and then there is the one with his inner Dark Passenger. These discussions are often in conflict and filled with macabre irony, as this beloved serial killer of serial [...]

Interview with a Vampire Author: The Paid Review Guy Speaks

Last week, I wrote a post on local author John F. Ferrer, who had placed a Craigslist ad offering to pay people to review his vampire book The Immortal Ones. I was opposed to the idea of compensating people for such work, because that might impel them to offer false praise that could mislead consumers. [...]