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No Such Thing As Was · 6h ago

"The words we use." Brian Doyle, 1956-2017

"I met a tiny, frail nun once, in Australia, while walking along a harbor, and we got to talking, and she said no one defeats cancer;"cancer is a dance partner you don’t want and don’t like,...
No Such Thing As Was · 1d ago

Round Saul, Flat Goodman

Left to right: Jimmy McGill, ca. 2003; Saul Goodman, ca. 2009; Gene, ca. ?As a reader, I l...
No Such Thing As Was · 2d ago

Sheffield's Dream

If you're a hardcore Beatles fan, you probably won't learn anything new in Rob Sheffield's Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World, but that's the point: there a...
No Such Thing As Was · 6d ago

Charlie ruminates

I discovered this terrific sit down with a typically thoughtful Charlie Watts, dating from...
No Such Thing As Was · 1W ago

What do I owe?

In her episodic memoir The Odd Woman and the City, published two years ago, Vivian Gornick...
No Such Thing As Was · 1W ago

"I love you because you're home..."

My latest essay in The Normal School is out, a trip down John D. Loudermilk's "Tobacco Roa...
No Such Thing As Was · 1W ago

"Endlessly, All Night"

Recreation at Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones of the flat at 102 Edith Grove in West Lon...
No Such Thing As Was · 2W ago

Tuning Up with Vivian Gornick

In her terrific 2015 memoir The Odd Woman and the City, essayist Vivian Gornick nails the ...
No Such Thing As Was · 4W ago

Talkin' Field Recordings with Joe Oestreich

I recently hopped on the phone with writer and musician Joe Oestreich to talk about my new...
No Such Thing As Was · 1M ago

Baseball Doesn't Get Easier, ctd.

Matt DavidsonAh, the saga of Matt Davidson, the Vexed Baseball Player writ small. Two Febr...