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The Hungry-Eyed Artist: An Interview with Sam Phillips, Part II (Outtakes)

The Hungry-Eyed Artist: An Interview with Sam Phillips, Part II (Outtakes)

READ PART II OF “THE HUNGRY-EYED ARTIST: AN INTERVIEW WITH SAM PHILLIPS” HERE, AT IMAGE JOURNAL‘S “GOOD LETTERS” BLOG AT PATHEOS.COM. Due to space limitations at the “Good Letters” blog, I am featuring outtakes from my recent interview with singer-songwriter Sam Phillips here. In case you missed yesterday’s installment, check it out here. When you...
Help CTJ Strike While the Iron is Hot!

Help CTJ Strike While the Iron is Hot!

Hi All, A lot is going on. If you’re able to help me spread the news, please do. Sam Phillips Today, the first part of my interview with singer-songwriter Sam Phillips is out via IMAGE Journal‘s “Good Letters” blog. Click here to read it. In addition to album after album that I own and adore, Sam has written...
A Feast for Hungry Eyes: An Interview with Sam Phillips, Part I (Outtakes)

A Feast for Hungry Eyes: An Interview with Sam Phillips, Part I (Outtakes)

READ PART I OF “THE HUNGRY-EYED ARTIST: AN INTERVIEW WITH SAM PHILLIPS” HERE, AT IMAGE JOURNAL‘S “GOOD LETTERS” BLOG AT PATHEOS.COM. Due to space limitations at the “Good Letters” blog, I am featuring outtakes from my recent interview with singer-songwriter Sam Phillips here. Expect installment #2 here tomorrow! CTJ: You seem very comfortable with the...
Update + Lawrence, KS Book Signing: August 3rd, 1-3 p.m. at Signs of Life

Update + Lawrence, KS Book Signing: August 3rd, 1-3 p.m. at Signs of Life

Things have been busy around here. This week alone I have: 1) Been interviewed by the Kansas City Star. Look for me in it this weekend. 2) Been interviewed and photographed by the Lawrence Journal-World. Look for me in it this weekend, too. 3) Signed off on production of the color edition of Nightmarriage. Buy it...
"Nightmarriage" Color Edition Now Available for Exorbitant Price!

“Nightmarriage” Color Edition Now Available for Exorbitant Price!

“Nightmarriage” fans, you can now purchase a color edition of the book for a mere $34.99!!! It’s more expensive than the black and white edition, yes, but it’s also cheaper than the production of the color portion of The Wizard of Oz, so I think we should be commended for our business acumen. Visit the...
"Nightmarriage" Notables: Stories from a Newly Published Author

“Nightmarriage” Notables: Stories from a Newly Published Author

Since eLectio Publishing released Nightmarriage to the general public on May 28th, a lot has happened. The book has fifteen reviews on Amazon, including thirteen five-star reviews—not a bad start at all. Book Signing Joshua Madden’s brainchild, Boompopmedia.com, has published information about my forthcoming book signing in Lawrence here. The resulting piece warns that I am...
Transformer: Exploring Todd Solondz’ "Palindromes" Through the Eyes of the Russian Formalists

Transformer: Exploring Todd Solondz’ “Palindromes” Through the Eyes of the Russian Formalists

Overview I wrote “Transformer: Exploring Todd Solondz’ Palindromes Through the Eyes of the Russian Formalists,” in 2006—one semester before I dropped out of my PhD program. I have learned much about writing since producing this work, but I am publishing it here despite its flaws because it will never see the light of day if...
"It's Okay to Hate Your Writing": A "Writers Write" Interview with Andi Cumbo

“It’s Okay to Hate Your Writing”: A “Writers Write” Interview with Andi Cumbo

Writer, writing teacher, and editor Andi Cumbo recently interviewed me about writing on her website. Read up, and follow Andi on Twitter at @andilit. Excerpt “People tend to handle critiquing me with kid gloves because I have OCD, and I’m very sensitive. But in the past year, having finally written publicly on a regular basis, I...
"Girl Unafraid (to Speak)": Words Evie Says

“Girl Unafraid (to Speak)”: Words Evie Says

  “Heaven Knows I’m Adorable Now” Evie says new words all the time. It blows our minds every time she opens her mouth and utters something new. I got Simon Goddard’s Mozipedia: The Encyclopaedia of Morrissey and The Smiths for Christmas this year, and thought Moz might make a most excellent tutor for our tiny...
The "Eric Campuzano Attic Tape" Bootleg: The Prayer Chain and I, Part II

The “Eric Campuzano Attic Tape” Bootleg: The Prayer Chain and I, Part II

ORIGIN OF THE BOOTLEG When I was a freshman in college at Southwest Missouri State University—now Missouri State University—I received the cassette below in the mail from Prayer Chain bassist Eric Campuzano. As I mentioned in my other post about the Prayer Chain (read it here), I was in the habit of writing the band...
New IMAGE Essay + Spotify Playlist + NIGHTMARRIAGE Pre-Order

New IMAGE Essay + Spotify Playlist + NIGHTMARRIAGE Pre-Order

NEW IMAGE JOURNAL BLOG ESSAY, “THE ARMCHAIR ASTRONAUT” + SPOTIFY PLAYLIST Read my latest IMAGE Journal essay, an adaptation from The Stained-Glass Kaleidoscope titled “The Armchair Astronaut,” here. In the meantime, I am providing you with a Spotify playlist I assembled as a companion to this essay. It is inspired by my dad, who loves...
Archival Writing: Over the Rhine Concert Review, March 27, 2001, St. Louis, MO

Archival Writing: Over the Rhine Concert Review, March 27, 2001, St. Louis, MO

OVER THE RHINE * MARCH 27, 2001, ST. LOUIS, MO BLUEBERRY HILL’S DUCK ROOM NOTE: This piece originally appeared in an online edition of John J. Thompson’s True Tunes News before it went belly-up. I just found it today, and decided it was worth posting, if nothing else, for its archival value. When the piece originally...