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Electric Aphorisms

Postby Moni » Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:38 am

Wot??
Songwriter/Musician/Journalist John Roderick of the Long Winters will be reading from his new volume Electric Aphorisms, and singing a song or two.

Jaw, meet floor. Floor, Moni's jaw.
I mean, John publishing a book is not so terribly unexpected, but I cannot believe it's already done! When did this happen? What did I miss? Where was I??

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby zach » Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:59 am

Seriously. Somebody already updated the wikipedia page, too. How'd I miss this?!?

His first book of extremely short prose, Electric Aphorisms, is due to be published in October, 2009.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Roderick_%28musician%29)

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby pahouk » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:53 am

I'm glad someone found some more information about this. ( I had posted something under Swoon but I hadn't found any confirmation.) I thought perhaps John was just going to host but he's written a book - even better!

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby Liesbeth » Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:12 am

Wow, I'd read a vague hint at writing short stories in some interview back when, but I had no idea this was something that was anywhere near done, let alone ready to be published. My floor and jaw also just got pretty intimate.

This wikipedia mention sparked my interest, and by checking the page history it turns out John expanded his wiki page on 30 September, including this bit of info. I seriously think he makes a sport of it, leaving bits of information anywhere but the place where his most faithful fans reside. Unless he is shy, but I cannot see any reason for that, he's proven himself to be a good writer.
Now I guess someone has to figure out how to get hold of this. Want one, want one, want one!

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby orochics » Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:31 am

Is it known where/when this book can be acquired? During the Kerouac Tribute Tour/John Solo show maybe?

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby grant » Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:36 am

With that as a title, my money's on it being an omnibus collection of Twitter posts.

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby pahouk » Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:38 am

A tweet from John Hodgman today seems to confirm that John's book will be a book of tweets. Hodgman apparently wrote the introduction. (Slightly OT but am I the only one who dislikes twitter terms such as tweet?)

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby Liesbeth » Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:50 am

John has confirmed this, but isn't posting about it because he hasn't found the right 140 characters yet to describe the experience of having a compendium of tweets published. I have heard no further release details, other than that it will be published by a press down in Portland.

[edit: yes, in my book, the word tweet is a bit too close to the word twee. Twat would be worse though.)

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby John » Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:13 pm

I also hate the word "tweet". For the record I also hated the word "dude" when it first took the world by storm, and look where that landed us.

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby grant » Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:38 am

WHY DID I NOT ACTUALLY MAKE THAT BET???

Dude.

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby grant » Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:45 am

Slang trivia: the word "dude" was originally used to describe a city slicker, particularly one trying to pass as an honest, rural hard-working type. Thus: Dude Ranches are places where non-cowboys go to do cowboy things. But the "e" was originally not silent, pronounced "doody" or sometimes slanted into "doodle," which is why the "Yankee Doodle" was a dandy - he put a feather in his cap and called it "macaroni" (which was an old term for "trendy" or "fancy"). Read more about that here.

EDIT: (Although the entry on "Doodle" says it came first - not a derivation of dude, but the other way around, originally from German "dudeltopf", a fool. Go figure.)

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby pahouk » Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:36 am

I just talked to the Sorrento Hotel and it appears you need to RSVP for the reading on Nov. 12. They also recommend showing up a little early because they're expecting a crowd.

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby Squid » Sun Oct 25, 2009 1:08 pm

And copy #11 or so went to...

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My understanding is that there weren't that many left - might have actually sold out last night?

These are also date stamped on the side: Oct 20 2009 <----Scientific Accuracy

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby orochics » Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:41 pm

Squid wrote:And copy #11 or so went to...

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My understanding is that there weren't that many left - might have actually sold out last night?

These are also date stamped on the side: Oct 20 2009 <----Scientific Accuracy


They are stamped for the day they were produced I guess

http://publicationstudio.tumblr.com/pos ... -copies-of

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby Liesbeth » Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:31 am

hm, that looks good.

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby grant » Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:58 am

Yes, though less well illustrated than his previous beautiful work.

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby Mike McCusker » Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:15 pm

"Fifty years ago, journalist John Roderick bought a small farmhouse in Japan for $14." He looks deceptively young.

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby orochics » Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:00 pm

grant wrote:Yes, though less well illustrated than his previous beautiful work.


Mike McCusker wrote:"Fifty years ago, journalist John Roderick bought a small farmhouse in Japan for $14." He looks deceptively young.


How, John is only 41??
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Roder ... usician%29

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Re: Electric Aphorisms

Postby orochics » Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:32 pm

At the Largo show on Oct 22nd, John said he sent copy #1 to his mom. During the intermission, my wife flagged down John and he signed it #2!

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