Tunisian Revolutionary Rap

My burgeoning radio career continues. I recently returned from ten days in Tunisia, researching a story on Tunisian rap and its role in the revolution there. (Look for the story in Spin in the coming months.) While I was there, I spoke to my new best friend Marco Werman from PRI’s “The World” about the subject. This post also marks the debut of my considerable, uh, talents as a photographer. The photos below the link were snapped by me with my trusty camera-phone.

PRI’s “The World,” May 18, 2011

Street art in Regueb dedicated to the martyrs who died there in clashes with government forces during the revolution
El General in Sfax
Lak3y in Bizerte
Graffiti in Sidi Bouzid, about 50 meters from where fruitseller Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire and sparked the Arab Spring uprisings
The 24 Records crew at a cafe in Fouchana City, near Tunis.

Osama & America (and me)

PRI’s “The World” recently interviewed me about the immediate impact of Osama Bin Laden’s death on the American psyche. Why me? Not sure. Since the only other person interviewed for the piece is Lawrence Wright, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker writer and author of what is perhaps THE book on Bin Laden and 9/11, The Looming Tower, I can only assume they needed the co-author of Steve-O’s memoir to lend some gravitas to the story. Anyway, I tried my best not to sound like an idiot.

“The Meaning of Bin Laden for America,” PRI’s “The World,” May 2, 2011

Professional Idiot: A Memoir




Dedicated visitor(s) of this website have no doubt noticed the lack of updates over the last 6+ months. This is largely because I’ve spent most of that time working with Stephen “Steve-O” Glover on his memoir, Professional Idiot (Hyperion), which will be available on June 7th wherever fine literature is sold. The book has its roots in a story I wrote about the Jackass star for Spin back in 2009, which you can read here. The book is kind of like the story, only way, way more graphic, gruesome and disturbing. You can be the first on your block to own a copy by pre-ordering it from one the friendly neighborhood booksellers below.


Barnes & Noble


Spin’s Greatest Hits: The Book

Spin recently released an anthology of highlights from the magazine’s 25 year history. The collection includes stories by, among others, Dave Eggers, Chuck Klosterman, Jonathan Ames, Elizabeth Gilbert, Richard Meltzer and, um, me. My 2006 story War Is Loud is in there and features a new introduction. If you order the book from Amazon, they will include a brown cardboard box with the Amazon logo at no extra charge.

Spin Greatest Hits: 25 Years of Heretics, Heroes and the New Rock’n’Roll