Daily Archives: March 19, 2009

Stuart Dybek to Read as Part of UNT’s Visiting Writers Series

Author Stuart Dybek will come to the University of North Texas to read selections from his work, which focuses on issues of community identity and displacement. Dybek’s reading is part of the Visiting Writers Series sponsored by the Department of English. The reading will be at 8 p.m. March 25 (Wednesday) in the ballroom of UNT’s Gateway Center, which is on North Texas Boulevard between Eagle Drive and Highland Street.

The 8 p.m. reading will be followed by a book signing with the author, which will also occur in the ballroom. UNT’s Bookstore will have Dybek’s works available for purchase.

An informal question-and-answer session will take place earlier at 4 p.m. March 25 (Wednesday) in Room 212 of UNT’s Auditorium Building, located on West Hickory Street between Avenues A and B. . . [continued here]

Dybek’s collections include The Coast of Chicago, Childhood & Other Neighborhoods, and I Sailed with Magellan. He has won the Lannan Prize, a PEN/Malamud Award, and his work has appeared in Houghton Miflin’s The Best American Short Stories. I’ll certainly be at the reading (and not just because I’m getting extra credit). If you’re wondering if it’s worth your time, check out some of his work online:

If I Vanished” (from The New Yorker)

Brisket” (from SmokeLong Quarterly)

Mole Man” (from SmokeLong Quarterly)


Mister Lonely

Dear Reader,

Maybe you’re thinking about watching another marathon of “Make Me a Supermodel”, or you’re still watching CNBC with a gun held to your temple…why don’t you queue “Mister Lonely” instead?  What other movie has a chicken-obsessed child Buckwheat impersonator, Werner Herzog as a priest, AND flying nuns?  Simply one of the most spellbinding films I’ve seen.

(Dir. Harmony Korine, 2007)

P.S. That’s A Silver Mt. Zion playing in this clip.


Desolation Wilderness – “Come Over in Your Silver Car”

Remember Galaxie 500? 

So do these guys: 

This takes me back to those countless late nights spent watching Don’t Let Our Youth Go to Waste in a stoned stupor, wondering how stock footage of a demolition derby could be so sad. Sure, Desolation Wilderness is 20 years late — and, judging from this track, they do little to update the form with which they’re working — but, like the Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s 2009 homage to The Go-Betweens and Field Mice, you just can’t hate on something that sounds so much like home. 

[White Light Strobing is out now on K Records.]