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Writers celebrate Barry Hannah, the biggest literary badass you’ve never heard of

Gene Kwak first came across the work of Barry Hannah while studying journalism at the University of Nebraska.  
Captain Maximus R.I.P.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 29, 2010
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Maximum pleasure

Ann Beattie emerged in the 1970s in the pages of the New Yorker with a cast of post-grad characters who smoked pot, bummed around, fell in and out of relationships, and faced the world with a shrug and the latest rock and roll on the stereo.
Ann Beattie hasn’t been sleeping
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010
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Music for the love of it

Whether driving his Men of Great Courage on a tune about a spooky midnight stroll, or gently declaring a deep camaraderie with “We Shall Always Remain Friends,” Cutler’s concocting a soundtrack to the feelings in the room.
From the Schemers to the Men of Great Courage, Mark Cutler’s songs have always gotten to ‘that special kind of place’
By JIM MACNIE  |  May 07, 2010
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Bat girl

The strange world of Bat for Lashes is a lot like ours
Kapow! Bat for Lashes conquers darkness with Two Suns
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 24, 2009
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Booked up

Summertime, and the reading is easy.
Several shelves’ worth of summer reads
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 09, 2008
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Drear as folk

It’s that feeling of overwhelming sorrow tempered by the faintest sliver of hope that’s evoked by the music of two veteran Pacific Northwest songwriters and long-time friends who share a bill at Great Scott this Saturday night.
The bleak interiors of Damien Jurado and Jeremy Enigk
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  May 28, 2008


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Less is best

González possesses the will power and the patience to dig into each of his songs until he has exhumed its bleeding heart.
The spare science of José González
By SHARON STEEL  |  March 04, 2008
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Punks find their inner Americana

Punk might have been swept along, cleaned up, dirtied again, then separated into a million different subgenres created to simplify things when really it only complicated everything.
The altered aesthetic of punks playing folk
By JON MEYER  |  August 31, 2007
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Nice guys

John Vanderslice — indie-rock artist, producer, and all-around nice guy — has had a tough year.
New cuts from John Vanderslice, Bishop Allen, the Cave Singers, and the Tenderhooks
By BRUCE COHEN  |  July 09, 2007
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Pela

If more bands wrote music that sounded like fiction, they might deliver results as pleasurable as this.
Anytown Graffiti | Great Society
By SHARON STEEL  |  June 05, 2007
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Jindabyne

If you’ve seen Short Cuts , you’ll recall the fishing-trip segment in which Huey Lewis pisses into a stream.
Raymond Carver's human tragedy in near perfect form
By TOM MEEK  |  May 17, 2007


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Lucky number seven

To bend a line by Raymond Carver, what do you talk about when you talk about club anniversaries?
Jake’s big birthday bash; plus, the Marlowes fade away
By BOB GULLA  |  July 05, 2006
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Everybody hurts

"I don't usually find myself thinking anything's too fucked up," says Sherman. "I write what I want to."
In short stories about messed-up teenage sex, alcholic parents, and other rebellions of the flesh, author Rachel Sherman rubs fiction readers the right way
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  May 31, 2006
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From the ashes

Honest, perceptive, and keenly felt, The Good Life — the story of two couples’ furtive, hesitant stabs at happiness in the brave and fearful new world of post-9/11 New York — is McInerney’s most mature and affecting book yet.
Jay McInerney grows up
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 22, 2006