Saturday, February 29, 2020

Playlist February

  • Steven Wilson—The Future Bites (2020)
  • Jonathan Wilson—Dixie Blur (2020)
  • Robert Plant—Digging Deep vinyl singles box set (2020)
  • Soccer MommyColor Theory (2020)
  • Colin EdwinInfinite Regress (2020)
  • David Sylvian and Holger Czukay—Plight & Premonition / Flux + Mutability (2018)
  • Emiliana Torrini and the Colorists—self-titled (2016)
  • Joe Satriani—Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks (2014)
  • Chris Isaak—Live at the Fillmore (2010)
  • Foals—Antidotes (2008)
  • Porcupine Tree—In Absentia box set reissue (2002)
  • Jimi Hendrix—First Rays of the New Rising Sun (1997)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds—Murder Ballads (1996)
  • Dire Straits—On the Night (1993)
  • Little Feat—Waiting for Columbus (1978)
  • Carlos Santana/John McLaughlin—Love, Devotion, Surrender (1973)

New on newsstands

The last time I remember death threats against an author was three decades ago. In 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Salman Rushdie for writing "The Satanic Verses."  (Rushdie remains alive and well but that book's Japanese translator was murdered.)

Now, another author is been hiding after death threats.

Jeanine Cummins' book tour for "American Dirt" was canceled due to "specific threats to booksellers and the author." 

Why has this novelist whose thriller was an Oprah Book Club Pick been targeted for her work? 

That's the subject of my deep-dive cover story this week for Monitor Weekly magazine. 

It's a story about the "woke" social justice movement, old hierarchies in the publishing industry, and the further encroachment of cultural appropriation claims into the realm of fiction. (A shorter version is available online here.)