Five Hits a Day: the Official Dylan Hicks Website

Boarded Windows and Other Writing

I guess I don’t really have it in me to summarize the book here, but you can read its jacket copy and find other informative material on the pages Coffee House Press has devoted to the book and to me. The author page has a long interview conducted by my friend Brad Zellar, and a photo of me in which I think my hair is a bit too Tucker Carlson. Also there are typos. The book comes with a free download code for Dylan Hicks Sings Bolling Greene, which one can also buy separately as an LP, CD, or download.

You might also notice, on the right column of this page, some advance endorsements of the book, or you can go to the page sinfully devoted to praise for the book.

I guess my gut feeling is that you should dispense with all this deliberation and just buy the thing. With luck, your local bookstore actually exists and will stock the book or happily and perhaps even flirtatiously order it for you. Or you could preorder it from an internet retailer, such as:

I also write freelance journalism with some regularity, mostly book reviews and other arts coverage, and will here and there link that work on “Hicksy’s Infrequently Updated Blog,” which I plan to update hourly. Some of my short fiction and other work is linked, where possible, below. Or in some cases I’ve linked to the publication in which the piece appeared, if you’re the sort of person who seeks out back-issues of magazines and literary journals:

  • “S’more Trees,” poem of sorts, forthcoming in Paper Darts
  • “Fifty-Percent Mesostics on Six Artists from My Record Collection’s ‘Ga—’ Section,” Metro, September 2011.
  • “The Crying Retreat,” in Swink. (I can’t get a link to work–I’ve tried, and sought out the assistance of someone more technically adept than I–but you should be able to get there through a search engine.)
  • “Bats in the Bookshelves: The Perils of Literary Social Networking,” in the Millions
  • “Rough Guide,” very short piece in Hobart
  • “Dear Mulciber,” in Dislocate #3. (Good journal–if you want a copy I have a few extras.)
  • “Lost,” in Pindeldyboz.
  • “1984 Dodge Ram Roadtrek II – $4500,” in the Rake, with photos by Karl Raschke.
  • “Man in Love: Barbra Streisand, Barry Gibb, and the Autobiographical Criticism of Doug Belknap,” in the Rake, and anthologized in Da Capo’s Best Music Writing 2007.

Here are some advance endorsements (blurbs) of the book:

Boarded Windows is a shrewd and soulful novel. References (high and low, familiar and obscure) abound in this eloquent and unusual story of not-quite innocence lost. Hicks uses his intimate knowledge of American music to give us a precise portrait of Wade Salem, a self-taught, fast-talking half-genius.” —Dana Spiotta

“Do yourself a favor and read this smart, tender book. The characters will haunt you with their longing, and inspire you with their sweet, caustic wit. Dylan Hicks knows his music and his prose is a song in itself. He’s given light to the shuttered and boarded parts of life.” —Sam Lipsyte

“As a novel, Dylan Hicks’s Boarded Windows takes a sly, questioning, sidelong glance that keeps both the narrator and his listeners—because this novel is whispered, confided, mused, as much as it is written—continually off balance. As a work of American iconography, it’s a continually hilarious, hopes-dashed account of an indelible American character: the con man.” —Greil Marcus

Boarded Windows is a luminous novel about love and loss. Written with wit, profundity, and compassion, Dylan Hicks’s debut delights in language and music and the joys of being alive. This is a deeply moving book that announces a major talent in American fiction.” —Samantha Gillison

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