“There are professional thrills and there are professional thrills, but I am extra especially thrilled to report that FSG is going to be publishing John Darnielle’s novel, Wolf in White Van, this fall. John is famous for his work with the Mountain Goats, and I suspect that none of the many fans who know his lyrics and have heard his stories will be surprised by the revelation that his is a genuinely literary mind. And it’s true—Wolf in White Van emphatically proves that his imagination and voice are at least as at home on the page as they are in song.
There are many things worth singling out for praise in Wolf in White Van:the unforgettable main character, Sean Phillips, who has been isolated by a disfiguring injury since age seventeen; Trace Italian, the intricate game within the novel that Sean created and runs; the interplay of real and imagined worlds, which is both complex and heartbreaking; the structure of the storytelling—audacious, brilliant, and never anything but convincing and unreasonably suspenseful; the prose itself, which is precise and beautiful and (forgive me) lyrical.”
Read more from editor Sean McDonald about Wolf in White Van here.
so here is a thing that is happening in my life that I am really incredibly excited about
the great thing about “Gimme the Loot” by Biggie is that you don’t ever put it on a mixtape for a girl, so it never makes you sad when you listen to it
sometimes I think stuff like this is true with most rap music, (not with the mixtape thing but with the idea that it won’t bring about a painful memory, sad emotional response) and then I remember that good kid MADD City came out when I was going through a really weird relationship problem, and despite where my head was at the time, every time I hear the beginning of “Money Trees” I just instantly feel relaxed.