The Scavengers will be out in audiobook form soon. There are currently two giveaways underway. One is at LibraryThing (sign up here before January 26), and one is at GoodReads (sign up here before January 31).
Every week the Wisconsin State Journal runs “Roughneck Grace,” a weekly column written by Mike (many of the columns will be adapted from Mike’s Tent Show Radio monologues). Today’s column (in which Mike discusses Montaigne, ironclad underpants, and the writing of Roxane Gay) was printed on sturdy newsprint this Sunday and can now be seen online here.
One of my favorite parts of “Bootlegged at the Big Top” is when I forget to go to the chorus of “How Many Miles,” and instead dive right into the bridge. The way you hear the band shift gears, catch me, and then drive on is the very reason that you get that little speech from me at most shows, the one where I get into the difference between MUSICIANS and Guy Who Knows Some Chords. Thank you, Long Beds!
Goodreads is holding a giveaway for a free audio CD version of The Scavengers.
When you realize the guy in the auction scene raised his own bid.
Plodding through final pass of first pass of “The Jesus Cow.” It’ll be out in May of this year (early listen here). There are five pages like these and 100+ (maybe 200+; I didn’t count) markups/changes in the manuscript. Found things like the word “capacious” used twice within the space of 9 pages. Typed “shown” where I meant “shone.” That sort of thing. And this doesn’t even reflect all the hard work by editors and copyeditors. And yet there will likely still be a few errors and head-smackers when the book comes out in May. And if someone politely points them out, I will thank them and see what I can do. But if someone says something along the lines of, “I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU LEFT OUT A COMMA!” I will smile warmly and reply, “Well, why don’t you go right ahead and insert one wherever you choose…”
These are the days I can’t even come close to expressing sufficient gratitude for being allowed to do what I do. Thank you to all the six directions.
Thanks for all the “Bootlegged” orders, folks. It’s a lo-fi and on-the-fly live recording of a show the Long Beds and I did at the Big Top. Includes some stories in between songs including the one about me drawing blood from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) on behalf of Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips) because, I…I…well, sometimes you gotta help the neighbors.