A Requiem For Soft Skull

Posted by Jason Diamond Maybe the title is a bit misleading, but over at New York Press, Adam Rathe did a great job of helping the great indie publisher, Soft Skull, say goodbye to it’s New York home of almost 20 years; its indie spirit, and one of the last great enterprises of a New York that seems to be totally gone.

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Excerpt: From the Graveyard of the Arousal Industry by Justin Pearson

Nine times out of ten, rock n’ roll memoirs are terrible, but that’s usually because they’re written by washed up one-hit wonders. From the Graveyard of the Arousal Industry (Soft Skull) was written by a musician who is anything but washed up.  Justin Pearson has, and continues to be one of the most relevant and boundary pushing musicians I can think of, and his memoirs are anything but boring. Vol. 1 Brooklyn is happy to present this snippet from the […]

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Three Things About Justin Pearson

1.  He was in several bands I like including The Locust, Swing Kids, and Some Girls. 2.  From the Graveyard of the Arousal Industry is his first book coming out on Soft Skull in the spring. 3.  If you need or want sex advice, Pearson is giving it over at Buddyhead.

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Reviewed: How to Be Inappropriate By Daniel Nester

Soft Skull Press, 2009, 272 pp. Reviewed by Claire Shefchik Straight off, Daniel Nester points out that “inappropriate” is standard boilerplate these days, in the media and in politics, for anything that could potentially make someone uncomfortable. It’s annoying, yes, but if you’re Nester, you respond by taking a dump on it, or at least by writing articulately about people who do. How to Be Inappropriate is handmade for frat-boys-turned-English majors, taking a bodily-fluid-covered hatchet to literary convention, as in […]

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