Essays from me in a couple of print outlets imminently hitting the stands/stoops:
Maisonneuve quarterly from Montreal is doing a special reverse-desert-island-disc, “critics and their discontents” exercise called “The Music We Hate,” and while that’s not the tagline I’d use (more like, “music whose appeal escapes us”), it includes me writing about, gasp, Radiohead. Along with a passel of cronies: Michael Barclay on Animal Collective, Chandler Levack on Broken Social Scene, Sarah Liss on Neon Indian, Sean Michaels on Sufjan Stevens and Dave Morris on Sonic Youth. (Also Ryan McNutt on Joanna Newsom, but Ryan and I don’t know each other.) Congratulations are in order to Dave, I think, who has picked the hardest target here. I think I come in 2nd. Not that it’s a contest. Wait! It’s a contest! Suggest your least-liked, hardest-to-criticize band! You will win, um, Zoilus points, redeemable everywhere zoiluses are sold.
In quite another register, I also have a piece in the new issue of Canada’s greatest magazine, Brick, an elegy for Kate McGarrigle (which originally appeared in briefer form here on Zoilus). I’m thrilled by that, despite the sad occasion, and pleased Sean Michaels, again, also graces its pages - in the company of Zadie Smith, Javier Marías, Julio Cortázar, Robert Hass, Michael Helm, Pico Iyer, Jim Harrison and many others. Whoa.
These journals aren’t online. So there.