The sad desperation of murder conspiracy theories (Cobain, Elliott Smith)

The sad desperation of murder conspiracy theories (Cobain, Elliott Smith)

Just wrote this for Salon.com.  A sort of psychological take on why fans cannot accept a (male) star’s suicide, and why they inevitably blame the female in the star’s life.  Link HERE

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Photo by: Stephen Trupp
STAR MAX, Inc. ©1997
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196
Courtney Love (Star Max via AP Images)

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NEW BOOK: The Enchanted Abyss

NEW BOOK: The Enchanted Abyss

I’m into about chapter three of my new book, expected to appear some time around Summer 2017.  It’s on the link between suffering and art, and among other things it disputes the notion that making art is somehow intrinsically or automatically therapeutic (for the artist).  Lots of case studies included–everyone from Francesca Woodman to John Lennon to Truman Capote to John Coltrane to Frida Kahlo.  Please “like” the book’s page HERE.  THANKS!resize-1.php

Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith–OMNIBUS of links & reviews (UPDATED, 12/1/14)

Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith–OMNIBUS of links & reviews (UPDATED, 12/1/14)

I wanted to post something comprehensive, now that I have a day to myself.  What follows are links to articles, reviews, excerpts, and stories, all in rough chronological order.  I’ll update these every now and then, as new stuff comes in. (UPDATE:  Dec 1, 2014)

•LA Times Review HERE

•Rhett Miller review in Bookforum HERE

•”To Elliott, With Love.”  My essay on why and how I wrote Torment Saint HERE

•NME, one of top music books of 2013 HERE

•Buzzfeed, one of top music books of 2013 HERE

•My Salon piece on “Roman Candle” turning 20 yrs old HERE

•Evening Standard (UK), music biography of the year HERE

•Oregonian story by Jeff Baker HERE

•Willamette Week cover story HERE

•My Huffington Post piece on Elliott’s poetics HERE

•My Bookish piece on why we can’t stop listening to Elliott HERE

•Interview with Alex Cohen of LA’s KPCC HERE

•LiveWire radio, episode 230 (at 16:30 mins).  I’m interviewed, I read from the book, plus “Between the Bars” HERE

•Podcast of my interview in Ireland with Nadine O’Regan HERE

•Interview with Paul Page, Ireland (Part I HERE; Part II HERE)

•Review, SunGazette HERE •Review, the Patriot Ledger, MA HERE

•Radio review, RTE, Ireland HERE

•Pop Matters review HERE

•Feature story in The Independent (UK) HERE

•Me driving around Portland (video) pointing out Elliott landmarks HERE

•Mojo Magazine:  “Brilliant, raw fuel for Schultz to add carefully collated detail and song deconstruction to explore a man in harrowing free-fall toward his 2003 suicide” (4 stars)

•Vanity Fair Magazine, “Hot Type” pick:  “Elliott Smith gets the wake song he deserves in Torment Saint”

•Caught in Carousel review by Paul Gleason HERE

•Totally Dublin, story/review HERE

•Review in The Examiner HERE

•Review in Paste Magazine HERE

•Review, Record Collector Magazine (4 stars) HERE

•Review, Slug Magazine HERE

•Review, Rain Taxi HERE

•Review, Eugene Weekly HERE

•Interview at rockfeedback HERE

•Publisher’s Weekly, starred review HERE

•Long excerpt from the book at Slate HERE

•Another excerpt at Port Magazine HERE

•Article and interview at “don’t forget the songs” HERE

Thanks to all who have read the book and written to express their congratulations.  It’s so gratifying to put your life into something and hear that people find it compelling.  Most of all, it is a testament to Elliott and the enormous appeal of his spectacular music.  (photo below by the talented Marina Chavez) Image