In March, I went to Cuba to write a story for SPIN about the metal scene there. The story is out in the May/June issue, which is available in most places already, though not in Cuba, or on SPIN’s website (yet). PRI’s “The World” was kind enough to talk to me about the story during pledge week, when most public radio listeners are frantically searching the dial for something else to listen to that won’t make them feel guilty. Also, enjoy the photo and see if you can possibly guess which one of those frightening-looking men is me.
PRI’s “The World” interviewed me recently about the Gangster’s Paradise story I wrote for Spin. Kudos to their editors and producers for turning the rambling gibberish I was spewing during the interview into something coherent. Below is a link to a stream of the show. If you’d like to skip past all the inconsequential fluff about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visiting Lebanon and how the dismantling of the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy will affect active-duty personnel in Afghanistan, the good bits with me start about 9 minutes from the end of the show.
In my ongoing effort to make this website a comprehensive survey of my least embarrassing work, here are links to two appearances I made on public radio to talk about my December 2006 story in Spin called “War Is Loud.” Listening back to them now, I’m not even positive that everything I’m saying is 100% correct, but I certainly sound sure of myself, which apparently counts for something.