What books are on your nightstand right now?

Shake It Up/Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z Edited by Jonathan Lethem and Kevin Dettmar

Under the Big Black Sun/APersonal History of L.A. Punk John Doe and Friends

What was the last great book you read?
Testimony Robbie Robertson
What's your favorite book that no one else has heard of?
Rene Ricard’s 1979-1980
Which book genres are you drawn to? Which do you avoid?

I’ve always loved True Crime. I started with In Cold Blood when I was a kid. It’s still a favorite—no one else writes like Capote, at least for that book. Ed Sanders The Family is pretty amazing too.

I would rather drink Lestoil than read a romance novel—unless it’s really dirty.

What were your favorite books as a child?
Comic Books
Who's autobiography touched you the most?
Marianne Faithfull, Keith Richards and the above mentioned Testimony.
Tell us about your favorite New York stories.
At this moment The Mudd Club by me is my favorite New York story. It’s got everything I love or once loved—SEX, Rock ’n’ Roll and drugs.
You're organizing a literary gathering. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
Cookie Mueller, Truman Capote and William S. Burroughs. Sadly they are all dead. I’d love to have Glenn O’Brien co-host but he’s dead too.
Now you're organizing a private concert. Which artists/bands do you invite?
X, Blondie, 1997 vintage Oasis, Hot Tuna (3 piece electric) and Talking Heads… please THs let’s do this!
Whom would you want to write your life story?
Claudia Summers
What do you plan to read next?
Something with a lot of pictures—until I start traveling I don’t have time to read right now.
Do you have any readings or events coming up? Where? When?

I have a bunch of readings and a few parties that we’ll be announcing soon. Here’s a list of the upcoming readings. Tuesday 9/19 Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn 7:00PM Wednesday 9/20 Club Cumming in the East Village 9:00PM Sunday 9/24 Hudson Hall at The Hudson Opera House in Hudson NY 5:00PM Thursday 9/28 NYU The Fales Library and Special Collections on Wash. Sq. South.

Other reading dates are still being finalized.

Dates in the Midwest begin second week October, West Coast mid November and Miami during Art Basel early December.

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