My new novel The Ashakiran Tape is now available in paperback and for Kindle. A rollicking genre murder mystery set before the backdrop of three Phish concerts at Jones Beach amphitheater, the book is also an investigation of what it means to be a longtime fan obsessed with live music.
The Ashakiran Tape has been featured on Relix/Jambands, LiveforLiveMusic, and Jambase. Phish.net published an excerpt from Chapter 14. I launched the book with a reading at Manhattan’s SubjectNYC bar on October 24. Litkick’s Levi Asher says: “Highly recommended, especially for literary-minded jam-band fans!“
This fall, I’ll be teaching an introductory creative writing class at the British Council in Dakar, Senegal:
The workshop consists of an 8-week class for English speakers (advanced and fluent) and Anglophones introducing them to the fundamentals of writing fiction, including plot, character, setting, and voice. Each class is comprised of a short lecture, exercises, discussion of a contemporary or classic English short story, and two peer-review workshop sessions. By the end of the course, each student will submit one story for online publication.
The class runs from October 27 until December 17, 2015. For costs, sign-up, and more information, see this pdf.
For a long time, I’ve been joking about writing a rock ‘n’ roll mystery set in the world of obsessive Phish fans — until the joke sounded more and more like a good idea.
Now I’m putting the finishing touches on The Ashakiran Tape, first in a series of books set at rock concerts called Head Cases. The Ashakiran Tape is set at the June at the June 2–5, 2009 Phish shows at Jones Beach.
You can read “Shakedown Street,” the first chapter of The Ashakiran Tape on Medium. If you’d like to be notified when the book comes out, follow me on Twitter or sign up for the newsletter.
Longevity is not exactly a feature of the Internet, so it’s especially nice when long-ago work suddenly resurfaces in unexpected places. This week brought not just one but two references to pieces I wrote decades ago — quite literally:
- At SmashCut, Nathan Smith watched Star Wars Wars: All Six Films At Once and quoted from my 2005 review of Revenge of the Sith.
- Jordan Hoffmann managed to sneak a reference to my 1995 (!) essay “The Fractals of Familiarity and Innovation: Robert Hunter and the Grateful Dead concert experience” into a Playboy article on the Fare Thee Well concerts. That’s right, a paper I wrote in grad school made it into Playboy. The wonders never cease.
My photo of Emilie Faye accompanies an article by Kathryn Werntz on the Thomson Reuters Foundation website. Faye is one of the women involved in the “Live with Water” project in Pikine, a suburb of Dakar, Senegal, that is profiled in the article: “Dakar women grow herb business from floodwater.”
You can see all of my photos from Pikine on Flickr.