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Rock Reads: Radio Silence - Issue No. 3

by Kevin Wierzbicki

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Since it is a serial publication you can think of Radio Silence as a magazine, but it is delivered in paperback book form, which is really thoughtful since most readers will want to keep their copies. Much of the content; essays, interviews, etc., is music-related, including a "conversation" between Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Portlandia) and Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), an insightful essay from Lucinda Williams where she talks about drawing songwriting inspiration from the misery she experienced in childhood and an essay by rock critic Greil Marcus that commingles thoughts on the careers of Etta James and Beyonce. But the idea here is to fill the pages with quality literature no matter the topic, and other contributions feature poetry from Claude McKay, reflections on Jane Austen by A.E. Stallings and short stories by Willa Cather and David Ives. As such the book is meant to be savored as opposed to devoured in one setting, and a handful of artists add eye candy with interesting graphics that head up every chapter. Pico Iyer, Ian MacKaye, Thao Nguyen, Rick Moody and Tobias Wolff are among the other contributors.

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Rock Reads: Radio Silence - Issue No. 3
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