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Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll

One Rock Band’s Twitter Story Experiment

PAPER044_72.jpgRock & roll frontman and novelist Chris Eaton will launch a Twitter publishing experiment on July 4th–intertwining his rock & roll tour with Rock Plaza Central, microblogging, and his writing career.

While touring with his folk/rock band, Eaton will publish 21 Twitter stories–encouraging readers to contribute their own twists and turns to the story on Twitter. The collaborative results will be published in Steel Bananas‘ upcoming anthology GULCH: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose, a Tightrope Books release.

Here’s more from the article: “Anyone who follows Chris’s Rock Plaza tweet is also asked to reply to any story with one of their own, using the rhizome model to intertwine the two stories so that they both are a part of each other. The story need not follow the original in theme. All that is asked is that replies should contain 1/3 of the words from the original text.”

Undressing the Stripper Memoir

23Candygirldiablocody.jpgOver at DoubleX, cultural critic Katie Roiphe analyzed the bestselling genre of the stripper memoir, an unromantic look at a titillating bookshelf.

The essay outlines nine conventions that play out over and over in these books, perhaps laying the groundwork for a theoretical better stripper memoir. Among others, the essay looks at Diablo Cody‘s “Candy Girl,” Ruth Fowler‘s “Girl, Undressed,” and Lacey Lane‘s “Confessions Of A Stripper.”

Here’s a sample: “It is puzzling that such promising and prurient subject matter would lead to such flat books. This stylized form of sexuality seems to lend itself to cliche. In all of these memoirs, there is something false in the revelation and mechanical in the execution, that is–if we take the word of these bored and jaded ladies–something like stripping itself.” (Via Raquelita)

Iggy Pop’s Literary Album

header_03 copy.jpgRock star Iggy Pop‘s new album was directly inspired by Michel Houellebecq‘s novel, “The Possibility of an Island.”

The former lead singer of The Stooges released “Preliminaires” this week, a jazz and rock infused album. According to Google News, the singer was approached to write music for a documentary about the French novel, and the project evolved into a solo album.

Here are Iggy Pop’s thoughts, from the article: “Literature’s like coke and music’s like heroin! Literature sharpens the mind, music stupidifies … The book had soul and at the same time it showed great skills in just calmly illustrating some things that were inside my mind about sex, death and the opposite gender.” (Via Maud Newton)

April Publishing Foolishness, Part Deux

erased-art-12.gifGalleyCat vastly underestimated the number of foolish people in the publishing industry. Despite our best efforts to cover the madness, our Twitter feed, RSS reader, and email were overwhelmed with additional April Fools’ Day pranks.

Here are the tricks we missed the first time around: Dear Author organized an elaborate scheme, rumored to have used a GalleyCat editor for the nefarious plot. Then Phoenix Books hired Jason Pinter as senior editor to work on a few unconventional titles.

Shelf Awareness studied the long-overdue publishing industry bailout. MobyLives reported that George W. Bush lost his book deal.

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April Publishing Foolishness

bookdeath2.jpgThere are far more fools in the publishing industry than GalleyCat ever imagined. Here’s a round-up of the literary news breaking around the Internets on April 1st, 2009…

Jeff VanderMeer sold his newest book, Bookdeath, including chapters like: “How to Use Personal Information About Your Enemies in Your Fiction.” Meanwhile, Publishers Weekly raved about a new reality TV show for writers.

The Kenyon Review has purchased conglomerate publisher Random House for a low six-figure deal. The FBI has deputized the entire team at Writer Beware for a special publishing scam task force: “Rich, Victoria and I will be reporting to Quantico for special training next Monday. At the end of our training, we’ll be issued our badges and guns, and begin our tour of the country.”

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How to Read Like a Rock Star

On Friday night, memoirist Chris Campion brought his band out for a book party, turning the “Escape from Bellevue” launch into a rock show at 92YTribeca.

GalleyCat went backstage, getting some book publicity tips from Campion, who also works as the lead singer of the Knockout Drops. After the reading, the whole band joined Campion on stage, going electric for a sold-out audience.

Here’s more from the release: “[Campion] masterfully shares stories from growing up in an Irish-Catholic household on Long Island, to a very interesting college experience at “Vanillanova,” and captures the squalor and rolling bacchanal that was the Knockout Drops’ world.”

GalleyCat Readers Pick the Best Writing Music of 2008, Part Three

images-1.jpegIn true holiday spirit, GalleyCat readers shared their favorite music over the last few weeks.

Today’s installment concludes the first annual Best Writing Music list. We’d like to say thanks to everybody who emailed their suggestions. Want more music? Follow these links for Part One and Part Two of the GalleyCat list. If that’s not enough, Largehearted Boy has plenty more literary and music content.

One reader suggested: “The ultimate weapon is Bach’s unaccompanied cello music. Yo Yo Ma, Pablo Casals, other fine recordings — up to you. But it’s like Liquid Wrench when I’m stuck. Among things that have come out more recently, I like Hanging Gardens by the Necks, New Tones by Nomo, anything by Tortoise, and (for entering longhand changes on the computer) anything by the New Pornographers.”

A reader from Yockey Communication writes: “The Analord 10 singles by Aphex Twin really do it for me. Also, from 2008, Skeletal Lamping by Of Montreal (pictured) is great for editing / rewrites.”

More suggestions after the jump…

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GalleyCat Readers Pick the Best Writing Music of 2008, Part Two

1049739.jpgIn GalleyCat’s continuing bid to keep readers cheerful during a tough holiday season, here is another collection of music to keep you writing despite all the bad news.

For your listening pleasure, novelist Michael M. Thomas had a simple recommendation: “Strauss waltzes. Makes the fingers glide and the mind sweep.”

Russ Marshalek from Wordsmiths Books writes: “There’s nothing that has been better for writing over the past few weeks than Kanye West‘s 808s and Heartbreak (pictured). Soothing, minimal and incredibly evocative.” A Hudson Street Press editor added: “I find that Travis works the best. You can sort of ignore the lyrics, and the music is soothing.”

Another reader had some enthusiastic advice for the action-oriented writers in the audience: “‘The Ecstasy of Gold,’ from Metallica‘s album S&M, a collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony — this song manages to be both hard-driving and melodic, not an easy thing to accomplish. Great music for writing fight scenes! ‘All Systems Red,’ from Calexico‘s Garden Ruin album. I listen to a lot of Calexico, but this song in particular offers a combination of pathos and energy that helps me keep the conflict level high. It sounds like a character stretched to his limits and then pushed over the cliff.”

Many more music lists after the jump…

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GalleyCat Readers Pick the Best Writing Music, Part One

1107-1.jpgWith all the bad news arriving today, GalleyCat decided to pass along a little writing music.

Last week we asked, “What music kept your writing in 2008?” GalleyCat readers responded with pages and pages of music lists. Styles ranged from rock & roll to classical, and everybody had a different set of favorites.

For your listening pleasure, here is the first batch of GalleyCat readers’ favorite music. If you need more links and inspiration, be sure to check out Largehearted Boy’s extensive music and literary coverage.

Novelist JT Ellison wrote: “I wouldn’t have been able to finish my 4th book, Edge of Black, without three songs from Evanescence — Come Find Me, Bring Me To Life, and Call Me When You’re Sober, plus Broken, by Tift Merritt. Amazing how a song can make or break a novel.”

Terena Scott choose a different kind of music: “Whenever I’m working on a particularly difficult piece, I listen to the soundtrack to ‘Chocolate.’”

Barbara Caridad Ferrer wrote:
“First off, ALL of Jason Mraz‘s We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, but if I was forced to pick one or two songs, it would have to be either ‘Butterfly’ (Come on, he wrote a song for a stripper to perform to and wrote it about a relationship WITH a stripper– freakin’ brilliant) or ‘Lucky’ just because it’s a beautiful, sweet duet.”

Many, many more songs after the jump…

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Ryan Adams Back Behind His Typewriter

BrzA0vXGWdolmlivFQ9gOvPH_400.jpgWhen an abusive fan attacked a member of Oasis earlier this week, the band’s tour was temporarily derailed. The band’s tour mate, singer and songwriter Ryan Adams, used the unexpected break to work on his new book.

“[M]ore work on the crazy ass book,” blogged Adams. “[I]t’s nice to write about unicorns and s*** though. whatever that is. maybe I’ll finish that damn novel. maybe.”

Although the blog mentions a novel, a spokesperson for Akashic Books confirmed that they plan on publishing “a collection of poetry & some short prose pieces” from Adams next spring–entitled Infinity Blues.

I’ve been listening to Adams’ gloomy songs for years, from “Come Pick Me Up” to “Firecracker,” I’ll follow him wherever he wants to go–pen, paper, novel, guitar, whatever.