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V.22 No.9 | 2/28/2013
Manny Rettinger confers with his chuppers
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Aural Fixation

A Cure for Stockhausen Syndrome

Allay hybrid anxiety with Cabinet of Curiosities

DJ and music writer Derek Caterwaul explores a Cabinet of Curiosities with Manny Rettinger and his chuppers.
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V.21 No.32 | 8/9/2012

Book Review

E.T. on the Radio

Aliens dig Earth music in Rob Reid’s Year Zero

Year Zero

Rob Reid is the guy who invented Rhapsody, the music streaming service thing you may have heard about. His first book, Year Zero, concerns aliens who’ve stumbled upon Earth music, which has caused their civilization to come to a complete halt because they’re so hooked.

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V.20 No.11 | 3/17/2011
ej Morgan

Interview

Dickhead

Local writer summons Philip K. Dick in novel

A Kindred Spirit

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V.19 No.41 | 10/14/2010
A nondescript photograph of a nondescript building. They sell books on the right.
John Bear

Book News

Downtown Books Good; Multinational Fascist Bookstore Chain Bad

A nondescript building houses literary treasures

Independently owned book stores tend to be darker and more cavernous than their chain store counterparts. They are a source for used books rather than new ones, places to dig through stacks, search for that used copy of Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick or hunt for an Edward Bunker crime novel. They lean toward the eccentric titles that can be hard to find outside of the Internet but, unlike their electronic counterpart, don’t rob you of the joy that accompanies scoring a Richard Yates book after scouring the shelves. It’s easy to click on a PayPal button; it’s much harder to embark on a used bookstore rampage. (Those can last for days. Sweat beads form on the temples. The eyes strain.)

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