Concert Review: Prince in Chicago!

June 30, 2013 § 2 Comments

(Full disclosure: I wasn’t actually there at The Aforementioned Concert. I had to contribute to The Greater Good fulfilling my civic contract  tonight by bartending.)

But aren’t you just so happy to live in a world in which this concert happened? It seems we must obviously live in Utopia to know that this is even within the realm of possibilities.

Imagine waking up one morning and living a totally mundane, kinda overcast day meandering Wicker Park only to find out sometime around dusk that you’re going to see fucking Prince play in an intimate setting that very same night.That’s like the ultimate potential of Life On Earth fulfilled – like I kinda can’t even believe that I know some people that that happened to. That guy has his bodyguards scope out some empty-looking cafe with flaky hummus plates in downtown Minneapolis on some weekday afternoon to make sure the coast is clear for him to pull down his string bikini and carefully take a shit with his cape on in a public men’s room – and – He is the only human in the entire deep toppling history of Life On Earth that it’s COOL for him to play City Fucking Winery. In fact, that’s actually IMPOSSIBLE to do – be a musician and play a place that some committee actually all agreed to purposefully christen “City Fucking Winery” – and it’s cool to  play there?! Only Prince.

I say the concert was a better concert than all of the other concerts that I hear about and don’t go to!



and he’s done it and some people we all know were there. It’s kinda amazing. I’m not even jealous. It’s like too much for



I Want You to Understand How I Feel

April 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

Rilke didn’t have the Internet like I do
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Roger Clinton

March 19, 2013 § 3 Comments

Oh man

Roger Clinton Sings

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Gobble Gobble

November 20, 2012 § 2 Comments



Thank You, A Class, And A Book

November 16, 2012 § 8 Comments

I just know I saw these curtains in the background of The Wire!


First of all I’d like to thank all the hosts and all of the people that came out for my living room shows. That was a very exciting 10 days for me. I’ve confirmed that my predisposition for anxiety is by no means improved by traveling alone – I was hoarding gas and non-perishables and water, convinced that a party at Olive Garden was staring me down.

But those shows were really such a pleasure to play. I hope if you came out to one that you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks to Adam in Westland, MI; Jessica and her folks in Akron; Stephen in Rochester; Kevin in Boston; Natasha in Williamsburg; Eric in Flatbush; Maeve and Jake in Philadelphia; Jared in Baltimore; and Tara in Pittsburgh. It was very kind and generous of each of you to open your homes to me and my people.


And now that I’m home for a little while I’m preparing for a class I’ll be teaching this spring at The University of Chicago’s Graham School of Continuing Education.

If anyone in Chicago would like to spend 4 weeks workshopping your Experimental Fiction with me, please sign up. It’s Thursday nights, February 14 – March 7. It’s open registration and details for enrollment are here:



And finally, still sorting out the potential release of my second novel Let Go and Go On and On – an endless and  soul-crushing process which will hopefully all fall into place soon (fingers crossed.) But in the meantime, I think it’s safe to announce a different book forthcoming in 2013 – All Over and Over: Make Believe Tour Diaries, 2006. A shocking expose indeed into the lives of four grown men living all wrong. Details soon.

Upcoming Shows

October 31, 2012 § 1 Comment

October 31 – JOAN OF ARC COSTUME PARTY at Township, Chicago. With The English Softhearts and The Blasted Diplomats. $7. 9pm.



November 1 – Westland, MI

November 2 – Tallmadge (Akron) OH

November 3 – Rochester, NY

November 4 – Boston, MA (Sold out)

November 5 – Brooklyn, NY (Sold out)

November 7 – Brooklyn, NY

November 8 – Philadelphia, PA

November 9 – Baltimore, MD

November 10 – Pittsburgh, PA

Advance Tickets NECESSARY for all LIving Room Shows – Available here

November 15 – Joan of Arc (Full band acoustic) at Comfort Station, Chicago. With Spectralina and Dr. Herndoctor. 7pm. Free.

The Visceral Realists

September 29, 2012 § 3 Comments

My new band has gone bandcamp! Check it out.

We’re named in tribute to the inspiring tradition of maybe half-imaginary artistic movements, assuming the right to jump in on their lineage. And Melina apparently based the “V” in the logo on Picasso’s nose in a self-portrait.

We’re juggling way too much other stuff at the moment – new JOA and Owls probably coming out before this gets fully realized, not to mention some other weird collaborations – but hopefully shows will be happening sooner than later.

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