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.

The Hole in the Den by Michael Martrich

Michael Martrich is a writer and musician from Pennsylvania who just published his first novel, The Hole in the Den. I was pleased to be asked to provide a blurb.  Here’s what I said:

All-American alchemy! With The Hole in the Den, Michael Martrich manages the miraculous transfiguration of youthful suburban memories into something far more mysterious and wise. Incantatory sentences swirl and spin, piling on secrets, smells, glances, rocks and cigarettes, names carved in bark and flashes of jarring erudition. Loss and longing, caught in the gravity well of time and language, cast a spell that imbues hard truths with uncertainty and dreams with the lucid texture of the real.

You can order The Hole in the Den now from Amazon or directly from BlazeVox.

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!