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V.24 No.43 | 10/22/2015
Like child-Megan, this thing has no idea what's going on

Fame ft. Megan

Last Friday, I had just arrived at work and my supervisor Ty told me to follow him to “a thing” (he was very specific). I grabbed my water bottle and went with him. I thought maybe a meeting was happening and I just didn't see the email, but we went to the lobby and there was a photographer there. Then they started talking about beer and I got excited—free beer is my favorite kind (unless it's not craft, then keep your dirt juice away from me)!

Fate had other plans. Instead I was going to be interviewed with Ty about new breweries in town which meant no free beer. We went outside and stood in front of the office and as the photographer set up, I noticed a chill in the wind and remembered the one other time I've knowingly been on the news 12 years prior.

I was ten, my Mom brought me to a community gathering. It was about a sex offender that was moving to a place near our home. It was intense but I didn't listen to any of it. I likely sat on her lap the entire time wishing I was home. I was uncomfortable being in a school after hours and the place was packed. I didn't understand why we were there. There wasn't anything more to learn about the man or the situation that hadn’t been reported on television. I knew the guy was bad, but it's not like anyone could stop him from moving there.

After the meeting, when everyone was eating snacks, my Mom was interviewed by a local news station. Since I was with her—she was my ride, after all—I stayed by her side during. I remember at the end of her interview, the reporter asked me a couple questions not pertaining to the event (in retrospect, maybe it did a little) like where I went to school and what I liked to learn about. I think he poked my belly but maybe I'm imagining that. I've never really enjoyed being the center of attention unless I’m making a joke (or I’m waiting for a bartender).

The following day at school I remember kids (popular kids!) telling me they saw me on the news and that I looked good, all of which was foreign to 10-year-old Megan. I was on cloud nine. I felt famous. During the interview with Ty, I couldn't tell if I was in the shot so I slowly tried to edge my way out of it. I didn't say anything till the cameraman/reporter said I had been quiet and asked if I had anything to add. I did have a few words, and they misquoted me in the write-up. No one talked to me about it afterwards, but that's fine, because you're reading about it now and that's all the fame I need.

V.24 No.13 | 3/26/2015

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Words Without Music reveals the life of Glass

Philip Glass’ forthcoming autobiography Words Without Music chronicles a cross-century classical composer’s ascension to PoMo prominence.
V.24 No.9 | 2/26/2015
Kim Gordon
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Kim Gordon returns to UNM SUB on memoir tour

We preview founding Sonic Youth member Kim Gordon’s new memoir Girl in a Band. Gordon will appear in conversation with Alibi Managing Editor Samantha Anne Carrillo at the UNM Student Union Building on Sunday, March 1.
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V.24 No.2 | 1/8/2015

Book Review

Perl in the Rough

Easy Street (The Hard Way)

Ron Perlman’s new memoir offers rock-solid wisdom on the movie industry and growing up weird. But maybe skip the end?
V.23 No.50 | 12/11/2014

Book Review

Get Lost in a Literary Guia Roji

The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle

Part personal diary and part dark tale of investigative journalism, Francisco Goldman’s memoir twists and turns in a multitude of directions.
V.23 No.43 | 10/23/2014

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The Devil and David J. Haskins

Bauhaus bassist takes on crossroads magic

Bauhaus bassist David J. Haskins’ new tome Who Killed Mr. Moonlight? recalls the nascent goth scene, sex, drugs, automatic writing and more. August March previews Haskins’ autobiographical journey from flat field to hollow hills and back again.
V.23 No.41 | 10/9/2014
A Tear-Stained Letter: Surviving Multiple Sclerosis and My Wife's Suicide

Book Review

Ending It

A Tear-Stained Letter: Surviving Multiple Sclerosis and My Wife's Suicide

Vern Beachy’s memoir isn’t afraid to delve into the tough questions and emotions surrounding the self-inflicted death of his soul mate.
V.23 No.32 | 8/7/2014

Book Review

Thumbing Rides with the Pope of Trash

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

As quirky as the man who wrote it, Carsick takes John Waters across the country splendidly, horrifically and actually.
V.23 No.30 | 7/24/2014
Whatever they’re watching, it’s not a very popular movie.

Film Review

Life Itself

Poignant documentary points the camera at the life of movie critic Roger Ebert

Filmmaker goes from being reviewed by Roger Ebert to making a movie about the famed critic’s final days in Life Itself.
V.23 No.19 | 5/8/2014

Book Review

Coming Out in the NCAA

The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians

A former Division I NCAA athlete recounts her difficult journey through college sports and fundamentalism as a gay woman.
V.23 No.16 | 4/17/2014
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Book Review

Junkiedom Tragicomedy

Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side

In Rayya Elias' memoir, Harley Loco, her unpretentious, funny narration depicts her outsider existence as a junkie, hairstylist and aspiring musician in late-'70s/early-'80s New York.
V.23 No.8 | 2/20/2014

Book Review

(Almost) Never Buy Beforehand

Beating the NBA: Tales From a Frugal Fan

“Frugal Fan” Motez Bishara shares his tips for enjoying the best NBA seats at the best deal possible.
V.23 No.2 | 1/9/2014

Book Review

The Art of Losing

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A historical account of late 19th-century ballooning by a master novelist turns out to be a moving extended metaphor for grief.
V.22 No.35 | 8/29/2013
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Arts Feature

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UNM professor searches for truth in his mother’s desert murder

Son of a Gun: A Memoir

How the legacy of Wyatt Earp and the Old West helped precipitate a shocking death.
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V.22 No.32 | 8/8/2013

Book Review

De Profundis and Back

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

A journalist’s sudden descent into paranoia, seizures, cognitive deterioration and an altered personality--does it make for gripping reading?
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