I like this Sluggo thing

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I like this Sluggo thing

Sluggo meets Alan Watts.

We are all floating in a tremendous river and the river carries you along. Some of the people in the river are swimming against the current, but they are still being carried along. Others have learned that the art of the thing is to swim with it.

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"Good Heart" by David Ramirez

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"Good Heart" by David Ramirez

Another one that's inspiring my new one. I dig it.

Don’t say I got a good heart
While everything is falling apart
Aw baby, just admit it
You fell in love with a lost art
Yeah, honey, I’m a ghost town
Pretty charming ‘til you come around
Well, once upon a time
People like mine
Used to shine, shine, shine

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"Working Titles" by Damien Jurado

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"Working Titles" by Damien Jurado

This one has an incredible melody. Cuts me in half. 

This song makes me think about some of themes I've been exploring in my writing. Like what it means to be both the creator and the subject of a story, or in this case, a song. It's another one that's informing the spirit of the new novel I'm working on. 

Running time that will cut off my fingers
You wrote about me on every new record
And I’ll show up in a title of your song
I only hope somebody requests it

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"Swannanoa" by Water Liars

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"Swannanoa" by Water Liars

When writing, I create music playlists to help get my ideas going. Usually, I don't listen while doing the actual writing, but I do listen while walking around, commuting, etc. I try to get myself into the headspace of the characters and situations. It's all about tone and feeling.

I don't remember how I found "Swannanoa" by Water Liars, but once I did, it connected to everything that I've been thinking about when it comes to the story.

This is one of those songs that I'll replay at least 3 times in a row before I'm ready to move to another song. 

I looked death in the face
it was only my father
if I had known all along
I wouldn’t have bothered
with being afraid
with being a coward
and trying to fool
some mysterious power

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"Jester & June" by Craig Finn

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"Jester & June" by Craig Finn

Craig Finn is one of my favorite performers of all time. I love his band The Hold Steady but his solo stuff is probably my most frequently listened to music of the past few years. He's one the greatest storytellers writing songs today. Each of his songs are like Raymond Carver stories set to music. His characters are so complete and real.

"Jester & June" from his latest album "We All Want the Same Things" is one of his best. It's a wonderful story about a couple of ne'er-do-wells who are trying to reclaim their old nicknames.

Huge inspiration.

We put too much faith
Gave too much cash
To that one creepy kid at the car wash
He said he could make a few calls
But I don’t think he made any calls

Well we probably should have tried the guy with the Dracula cape
Because other than the cape he was cool
He had that wild kind of sadness
Like he was something important
I wonder if he even remembers
They used to call us Junebug and Jester
They used to call us Jester and June

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"Wellspring" by Jeffrey Martin

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"Wellspring" by Jeffrey Martin

Been listening to Jeffrey Martin's "Dogs in the Daylight" a lot lately. He's a new discovery for me and is quickly becoming a favorite. The guy's a wonderful writer.

"Welspring" is a pretty staggering piece of music. A tragic and beautiful story. 

No man can escape the sins his father makes, he is bound in blood to what he does and all that he takes.

Seriously.

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"Jacksonville" by American Aquarium

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"Jacksonville" by American Aquarium

Been listening to this one a lot. I'm beginning work on a new novel, and this is one of the many songs that's helping to inform the tone. Love the feel of it.

I spent the better part of my early twenties medicated and always running
From the man my mamma wanted me to be
Now the nights are lonely and hard to remember another show another bartender
Another place another face that’ll fade away with time

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Great review of Korsakoff Blight

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Great review of Korsakoff Blight

Val D'Orazio's incredible Butterfly Language posted a fantastic and thoughtful review of Korsakoff Blight. Thrilled for the book to be featured on one of my favorite blogs.

Here's a bit:

...though it is tempting for me to compare it to a work like Fight Club, a far more apt description would be, “Post-Fight Club.” For despite its blunt—sometimes comical, sometimes tragic—depictions of depression, substance abuse, violence, and an absolutely crushing sense of anomie, Korsakoff Blight is ultimately a road map to exactly that much sought-after enlightenment.

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"Desperados Under the Eaves" by Warren Zevon

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"Desperados Under the Eaves" by Warren Zevon

This is one of those songs that will come on shuffle and I'll replay it over and over again. Not sure what it is, but it just gets to me. In a very good way. Such an undercurrent of sadness. 

And if California slides into the ocean
Like the mystics and statistics say it will
I predict this motel will be standing until I pay my bill

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Read the complete Tyranny of the Muse #5

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Read the complete Tyranny of the Muse #5

The final page of Tyranny of the Muse #5, the comic series I created/write, is up at Study Group Comics. Head over there to read the whole issue now. If you need to catch up, you can read the previous 4 here

I'm really proud of this issue. I'm so happy with the work Dave Chisholm did on the art. I think it's the best one yet.

It'll be hitting print and digital in the next couple of months.

Click the thing to read the whole thing.

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"The Sing" by Bill Callahan

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"The Sing" by Bill Callahan

"The Sing" by Bill Callahan feels like wandering a city alone. It smells like a damp carpet in a bar. It's a perfect song for sipping an afternoon drink while sitting at a wobbly table, mindlessly staring at a baseball game with the sound turned off. It goes good with a notepad and a pen.

"The only words I've said today are 'beer' and 'thank you'."

Beautiful.

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Regular Show: Wrasslesplosion is in stores now

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Regular Show: Wrasslesplosion is in stores now

I wrote the side-story in the newest Regular Show original graphic novel WRASSLEPSLOSION. It's all about pro wrestling. The main story (by Ryan Ferrier, Laura Howell, and Fred Stresing) involves Mordecai and Rigby doing battle in the land of Pound Town where wrestling is all there is. The story I wrote is called "The Comeback." It's 20 pages and about the guys meeting Mordecai's hero -- the washed-up, overly clingy pro wrestler Don Dynamo. I had a great time writing it. This all-ages stuff is really fun. Elle Power did the art, Lisa Moore colored it, and Warren Montgomery lettered it. They did awesome jobs.

It's now available in comic shops and ComiXology. It'll be on Amazon July 4.

Here's a preview. Go get the whole thing.

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Korsakoff Blight is now available in print

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Korsakoff Blight is now available in print

A few months ago I released my new book Korsakoff Blight on Kindle. Now that sucker is ready to go on in print. It's an updated draft with a sweet cover by Jamaica Dyer. I'm very proud of this book and I think you'll like it. For real.

Here are the details:

What do a troubled writer, a clueless private eye, a dead guy, and a kid who’s perpetually doing battle with a psychotic murderer have in common? Maybe nothing. Maybe everything. In KORSAKOFF BLIGHT, these four characters explore the origins of fiction, storytelling, and creativity in a strange, yet deceptively simple setting that echoes the work of Philip K. Dick, Franz Kafka, Charlie Kaufman, and David Lynch. 
 
Korsakoff Blight is a writer. So was his father, whose name was also Korsakoff Blight. When the elder Blight dies and leaves his house to his estranged son, Korsakoff Jr. embarks on bizarre journey into the center of the creative soul, all while wrestling with the specter of a lost father. 
 
What does it mean to be an artist? What does it mean to be a husband? What does it mean to be a father? What does it mean to be a creator? What does it mean to created? What does it mean to be anything? Part existential mystery, part surrealistic nightmare, part coming-of-age comedy, KORSAKOFF BLIGHT by author Eddie Wright (Broken Bulbs, Tyranny of the Muse, Regular Show) is a complex, fast-paced, and unique take on the philosophical questions that plague us all.

Go to Amazon to get it right now. It'll be available through other outlets soon.

Also, please please please leave a review on Amazon. I'd really appreciate that.

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Denis Johnson

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Denis Johnson

Write naked. That means to write what you would never say.
Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can’t waste it.
Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail.

Denis Johnson died. Jesus' Son is one of my favorite books ever. One of the reasons I started writing. Alison Maclean's adaptation is one of my favorite movies as well. Huge influence on my stuff.

I like this quote from a New Yorker piece on him.

Sad news.

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