Hicksy's Infrequently Updated Blog
April 17, 2013
Okay, I promised I would update this thing infrequently, and once again I’m living up to my promises. Here’s what I have to report: I’m a bit over halfway through a second novel, and am also doing freelance work and other things not worth describing here. I have a title for the novel and everything, and have decided not to worry that the title was used about thirty years ago by a still-read writer whose work I happen to admire, though I hadn’t come across this namesake book. (I’m not sure why I’m keeping the title so mysterious.) I have a few new songs as well, maybe two of which are worth recording someday.
A few people have contended that I’ve cloaked my email address all too well on the “Who Is Dylan Hicks and How Can I Send Him a Fax” page. That might be true. I’m trying to discourage junk mail, obviously. Anyway, if you’d like to email me, I’m dylan[underscore]hicks at Yahoo. More news in seven or eight months.
September 18, 2012
I’ve been reading and often rereading Robert Christgau since I was a teenager, so it was a thrill to get this typically sharp short-form review, a form of which Christgau is a past master. Alas the book made his “teeth hurt,” but he liked the songs and even “loved” the first four. If you’re looking to buy the LP or CD, the easiest way it through Bandcamp. A download code (but not dental referral) comes with the book.
September 15, 2012
Here’s my review of Marco Roth’s debut memoir.
September 5, 2012
Such a thrill that my novel helped inspire Patrick Nathan’s lucid and acute essay about fiction and memory in the Los Angeles Review of Books.
July 12, 2012
July 12, 2012
One of my favorite passages from Evelyn Waugh comes from the author’s note to Vile Bodies. As they say, wait for it:
“It has been suggested to me that the chronology may be a little obscure. The book begins on November 10th, and the events of the first six sections occupied three days. The airship party and Lady Anchorage’s reception were on the same night–December 2nd. The motor races were on December 5th. Adam’s visit to the nursing home was on December 15th. Christmas is observed by the Western Church on December 25th.”
June 26, 2012
It was kind of Sam Lipsyte (whose forthcoming story collection I eagerly await) to interview me for the summer issue of Poets & Writers. I’m noting this because I’ve set a precedent for noting most press for the book, though the practice is touch more embarrassing when I can’t specifically link to the article, not available online. I can at least link to the website.
June 20, 2012
Here’s my review of Hari Kunzru’s latest.
June 14, 2012
It was fun, mostly. Here’s a little interview in MinnPost.
June 1, 2012
So I’ll be in Los Angeles (which this stupid website thinks I’m misspelling) next week doing two events, recording an interview with the funny and charming Brad Listi, and hanging out with friends and my wildly supportive family. The event I’m mainly promoting is my reading on Wednesday, June 6 at Sklyight Books. (Here’s the Facebook event page, if that sort of thing appeals to you.) And on Tuesday, June 5 I’ll be participating in Literary Death Match, which I’m sure will be quite a lot of fun despite the fact that the whole premise makes me deeply anxious. One of the other readers is the very sharp comedian and writer Moshe Kasher.