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Michael Hockinson has commented on (22) products.

The Beatles' Second Album (Rock of Ages Rock of Ages) by Dave Marsh
The Beatles' Second Album (Rock of Ages Rock of Ages)

Michael Hockinson, January 13, 2015

Very much the 33 1/3 for this album, but Marsh devotes way too much ink to demonizing Capitol executive Dave Dexter Jr. for sins, real and imagined, in the label's (mis)handling of the Beatles' catalog in the U.S. with little in the way of interviews or documentation to back it up.
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No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay
No Matter the Wreckage

Michael Hockinson, September 14, 2014

At 26, Kay is only in the first act of a long career as a poet. I recommend viewing a few of the many performance videos available on YouTube. My favorite is "An Origin Story," which includes the line I had tattooed on my arm, "But I have seen the best of you and the worst of you, and I choose both." After you've done that, it's time to pick up "Wreckage," a collection of poems from her first decade, showcasing a fresh young voice, honestly earnest and descriptive.

"You are my favorite stick of dynamite," she writes in "Brother." She will soon be yours as well...
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Tapping the Source by Kem Nunn
Tapping the Source

Michael Hockinson, May 6, 2013

I discovered Kem Nunn's fiction through his writing for David Milch's short-lived HBO series, 'John From Cincinnati',
about a dysfunctional family of professional surfers set in Imperial Beach, CA. Nunn spent his youth surfing in
SoCal, his experiences informing his three "surf noir" novels, of which 'Tapping The Source' was the first, originally published in 1984. Ike Tucker is a motorbike mechanic who leaves his life in the California desert to search for his missing sister, last seen in the company of three men who may have killed her. In course of his investigation, Ike learns to surf, falling into a scene and its seedy underbelly, rife with sex, drugs, violence and pornography. But it's Nunn's descriptions of surfing that really hooked me, crashing like a wave off the page, his characters and situations vivid and well-drawn.

If you've never read Kem, this is the book to tap.
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31 Songs by Nick Hornby
31 Songs

Michael Hockinson, January 17, 2012

Nick Hornby and music are like chocolate and peanut butter. Hornby fanatics might know of his collaborations with Ben Folds and the American rock band, Marah, but for the rest of us, Hornby is best known for his brilliant first novel, "High Fidelity."

"31 Songs" is very much Fidelity's non-fiction companion, as Nick, as opinionated as Rob Fleming, speaks passionately of music and the integral role it plays in a person's emotional life. Put it by your bedside, right next to your iPod...
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Conjunctions #56: Terra Incognita: The Voyage Issue by Bradford Morrow
Conjunctions #56: Terra Incognita: The Voyage Issue

Michael Hockinson, July 19, 2011

Of special note for Jonathan Carroll fans, this edition includes a new long short story, "East of Furious."
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