Random Notes

Tangled up in blue…

July 20, 2014
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(This review was originally published in the Washington Independent Review of Books, July 2014.) New York City, September 1975. Patti Smith is in the midst of recording her seminal first album, “Horses,” a masterpiece of poetic punk rock. On a sunny day, when the light seems right, she and Robert Mapplethorpe create what comes to be […]


Pepperland wins Independent Publishers Award

June 3, 2014
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Yes, indeed, Pepperland takes an IPPY – a Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards, Great Lakes, Best Fiction category!  Cool.


Pepperland is Number 9 at Eagle Harbor Books, Seattle…

May 21, 2014
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Number 9, number 9 number 9.   


Pepperland In Concert…

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Pepperland, live at Eagle River Books, Bainbridge Island, WA, May 15, 2014. This is a short (rather raw) cut from Pepper’s psychedelic night journey (that self-indulgent 3 record set) towards the end of the book. This one’s called “On a Bend in the River.” Don’t worry, there’s no long drum solo…        


Everything’s Rock ‘n’ Roll…

March 9, 2014
The Guts - Roddy Doyle

The Guts By Roddy Doyle Viking (This review was originally published in The Washington Independent Review of Books on February 18, 2014.) So, Roddy Doyle. Another venerable Irishman with the gift of gab, a fine writer who charmed the hell out his readers with his first novel, The Commitments (1989), a tale of the passion inspired by […]