Hicksy's Infrequently Updated Blog
July 5, 2014
Here’s a longer piece I wrote about Prince for Mpls.-St. Paul magazine.
December 8, 2013
1. Brown-and-green argyle with orange toe stitch
2. White athletic, red paint stain near right toe
3. Brown dress, left behind by houseguest and never returned
4. White and off-white baby socks, mismatched
5. Cream dress, above the calf
6. Blue-and-white winter socks with red accents and snowflake motif
7. Obligatory 2010s casual-Friday sock with brightly colored horizontal stripes
8. Blue-and-purple argyle, potato expanding severely above right heel
9. Pale-pink athletic, formerly white
10. Red, washed mistakenly with whites
11. L.L. Bean boot socks, green
12. Wool cycling socks, gray, black, and red
13. White gym, above the calf with blue cuff stripes
14. Cream dress, first pair
15. Light-blue baby with fancy turndown cuff
16. Gray dress
17. Black cycling socks with Grateful Dead bears ringing cuff (gift, lightly worn)
18. Cream dress, second pair
19. White athletic, blue heel
20. Cream wool, winter running
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 until a month or so ago. (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.