Writer, editor, professor, etc. For more information, see jaygabler.com.
“This Is a Call” was released 18 years ago today.
Slow clap for that sentence.
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forthcoming readings/events re Taipei
6.17 Seattle WA—Elliott Bay Book Company, reading/Q&A
6.18 Portland OR—Powell’s, reading/Q&A
6.19 San Francisco CA—Booksmith, conversation with Jesse Nathan (McSweeney’s)
6.20 Los Angeles CA—Skylight Books, reading/Q&A
6.24 Houston TX—Brazos Bookstore, reading/Q&A
6.25 Austin TX—BookPeople, reading/Q&A
6.26 St. Paul MN—Common Good Books, reading/Q&A, conversation with Jay Gabler (The Tangential)
6.27 Manhattan NY—McNally Jackson, conversation with Christian Lorentzen (London Review of Books)
7.09 Brooklyn NY—Spoonbill & Sugartown, reading/Q&A
7.22 Brooklyn NY—BookCourt, panel with Marie Calloway, Ryan McNamara, [TK], moderated by Mike Vilensky (WSJ)
My dad on the Lake Champlain ferry, 2001.
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Complaining about the weather is pretty damn boring, but this has been a hard spring to enjoy: a snow-piled April, one of the foggiest Mays in years, and a rainy June. When the skies opened just as Dan Deacon was set to take the stage at Rock the Garden, it seemed like the icing on the cake of this miserable season. Unexpectedly, though, the event turned into a triumph: top to bottom, the annual event’s most memorable installment in recent memory.
I had, as we say in Minnesota, a heckuva good time taking photos and drinking Summit at Rock the Garden yesterday.
Absolutely crushing it after one full day on Kickstarter, massive thanks to everyone getting involved: please SHARE or DONATE to help me make The Big Gulp a reality. You can pledge here.
Kat George has given me at least 50% of all the opportunities I’ve ever had in New York as a writer in Minneapolis.
When I see Metric at Rock the Garden today, I’ll knock an artist off my top ten most-listened-but-haven’t-seen live list. Here’s how the list stands now:
Metric will make room for Radiohead to join the list at #10. Talking Heads and the Smiths would also be on there, but I’ve put those on the “unattainable” list. The Replacements also used to be on that list…but apparently no longer!
(Yes, since joining Last.fm in 2007 I’ve listened to more Lana Del Rey than David Bowie, Tom Waits, the Replacements, or Radiohead. No shame.)
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According to a seemingly British flamer filling the artsorbit ask box, the only explanation for the “shocking” lack of taste displayed by my negative review of Man of Steel is that living in Minnesota has drained all the joy from my life.
Maybe he’s right.
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New stuff happening on Unreality House every day this summer.
It’s a good fact to share when someone makes you play one of those party games where everyone provides an obscure fact about themselves and the object is to match the fact with the person. Unless they went to college with me, no one ever guesses that I was the one who dated a star quarterback.