About Jürgen

Welcome to my site — I'm glad you're here. I’m a writer, editor, translator, traveler, web designer, photographer, critic, storytelling consultant, and social entrepreneur. I’ve published two novels and a book of film criticism, launched Germany's first online literary journal, founded the writers' community Fictionaut, and started West Africa's first vegetarian food service. I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Ph.D. in English. I've lived in New York City, New Orleans, Mississippi, Wiesbaden, Germany, and the Dominican Republic, and currently divide my time between Dakar and Berlin.

Relaunching JordanHoffman.com

Back when AOL Messenger was the incredible futuristic communications doodad du jour and TimeOut predicted Astoria would be the next hip New York neighborhood, one Jordan Hoffman became my editor at About.com. Fast-forward 17 years, and he’s not only a dear friend but also the official voice of Star Trek and a regular contributor to The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, The Times of Israel, and more. Also, he hooked me up with tickets for the Baker’s Dozen, an act of kindness that shall never be forgotten.

Anyway, this is just to say that you should follow Jordan in all his endeavors (if you don’t already) — and that I just built his new website, which you can admire here.

If you’re interested in having me build, redesign, host, or manage your site. It’s more affordable than you might think! Find out more here.

Remembering Prince

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One sweaty August night in 1997, Prince was strutting across the stage of the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, segueing from “Purple Rain” into “Little Red Corvette,” and I felt like I was finally done with him…

Read the rest of my piece on Prince at Live for Live Music.

 

Now Available: The Ashakiran Tape

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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!

Study Creative Writing With Me at the British Council, Dakar

This fall, I’ll be teaching an introductory creative writing class at the British Council in Dakar, Senegal:

british coucilThe 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.

Coming soon: The Ashakiran Tape

coverHere’s the pitch for my new book, available 9/15/15. The cover is by Rhonda Ratray. Like Head Cases on Facebook

“Read the fucking book!” – Trey Anastasio

 

From the author of the historical thriller Kino, a “fast, complex, exhilarating roadster ride through history and time” (Frederick Barthelme) comes a gripping psychedelic mystery steeped in sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.

 

When legendary improvisational rock band Phish returns to the stage after a five-year breakup, longtime fan and hardboiled hippie sleuth Quentin Pfeiffer has to be there — even though he is older, wiser, and the father of an adorable baby daughter now.

 

But not everything is sunshine and rainbows in the freewheeling circus surrounding the band’s summer tour: after the millionaire skipper of a drug-drenched luxury yacht goes missing, Q and his crew are drawn into a dangerous intrigue of dreadlocked dames, shady tape collectors, and spun-out wookies chasing after the long-lost recording of a mysterious late-night jam.

 

Inspired by Raymond Chandler and set during a series of concerts at Long Island’s Jones Beach amphitheater, The Ashakiran Tape takes readers deep into the spiraling ecstasy of Phish’s epic shows and the seductive underworld of the obsessive fans following them.

 

Praise for Kino:

 

Kino is an intoxicating Euro-brew, written with enormous skill and dedication.” – Frederick Barthelme

 

 “A debut of great intellectual force.” – Teddy Wayne

 

“A delirious melange of conspiracy, magic, sex, history, bad behavior, and cinema, Kino is a stellar entertainment, and Jurgen Fauth is a writer of rare, sinister imagination.” – Owen King