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Novelist Richard Melo and his distractions

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On Saturday we were joined by some of our favorite authors for Indies First! Featured here, from top to bottom:

Carli Davidson
Cheryl Strayed
Liz Crain and John Gorham
Whitney Otto, William Todd Schultz, and Richard Melo
Chris Bolton
Mark Russell
Peter Rock

We were also thrilled to welcome to our stores Stevan Allred, Ian Doescher, Amanda Coplin, and Chris Santella. Thanks to all the authors who came out and to the customers who helped make it a great event!

A kangaroo walks into a bar and says to the bartender, “Blood is the lipstick of wounds.” The bartender does not know how he said it or why.

—Michael O’Donoghue

Lou Reed is most remembered for the drone of his Warhol days & his walk on the wild side, but his love songs were so sweet & sincere

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The Kinks’ “Waterloo Sunset” is like a secret that you want to share far and wide, a song about not needing friends just as you realize how much you need friends, a song that taught this writer a thing or two about emotional connection and atmosphere and what it feels like to fall in love with other people’s love.

—Richard Melo, The Outer Sunset (via nogreatillusion)

I’ve been meaning to hear this album for years … I had no idea it’s so amazing. It’s not as Ramones as you expect from the Ramones but the gap is filled with Phil Spector

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Atheists also do not believe in Bigfoot.

I know there is a technical term for this style of plot — probably “episodic” — and I might sound like I’m off my rocker, but I think of Happy Talk as having a parade-style storyline. Each chapter presents itself like a parade float rolling down the street in a procession. You can still see the tail end of the float that passed already and catch a glimpse of the next one coming, but the focus is mostly on what’s right in front of you at a given moment. In another spin on the “float” concept, I like moments in novels that seem to hover without any kind of plot. Plots are so often centered on a problem that needs to be solved and characters who want something they can’t (yet) have. But every now and then, a novelist manages to create a moment not driven by any kind of problem or desire but rather just hovers and still wholly engages and delights. I’m not sure a novelist can sustain that effect over a long work, but I wanted to pepper Happy Talk with as many hovering moments as I could.

Richard Melo @ Vol. 1 Brooklyn (via shimmer)

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Record City, 1978.

Movie poster for Record City, with Ruth Buzzi, Kinky Friedman, and the bartender from The Love Boat

totalement70:

Record City, 1978.

Movie poster for Record City, with Ruth Buzzi, Kinky Friedman, and the bartender from The Love
Boat

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oldshowbiz:

MARK FRECHETTE ROBS BANK TO FUND MEL LYMAN CULT

oldshowbiz:

MARK FRECHETTE ROBS BANK TO FUND MEL LYMAN CULT

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