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Blurbs – an embarrassing business

So, the blurbs (rather than the reviews) are in for Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, published July in the UK, and February in the USA. I am very proud to note that they are from authors I absolutely love, and if you haven’t read the named books by each of these three writers, then I am going to highly recommend that you do, and not only because they liked Charles Jessold, but because the reason I asked them in the first place is because I entirely love their work. (I didn’t see the movie of The Time-Traveler’s Wife, but the book is, quite literally, out of this world.) So:

“Wesley Stace’s tale of music and murder is a baroque intellectual thriller, wittily erudite and psychologically acute. Charles Jessold joins Thomas Mann’s Adrian Leverkühn and Randall Jarrell’s Gottfried Rosenbaum in the gallery of memorable composers in fiction.”

Alex Ross, author of The Rest Is Silence

“We might have predicted that Wesley Stace – a fine novelist and a fine musician – would one day write a novel about music, but could we have predicted that it would be so brilliant? The dialogue sparkles, the prose glimmers, and for once you leave a novel not just haunted by the characters and the story, but humming the tunes. A delightful Opus 3.”

Jonathan Coe, author of The Rotter’s Club

“I read “Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer” in the white noise of a long plane ride; afterward I felt as though I had spent hours listening to symphonies, snatches of music in the midst of being composed, and a low persuasive voice telling me about bad behaviour and surprising sins. This is one of the few novels I have read that is truly musical. Wesley Stace is a brilliant and intensely original writer and this is his most unusual book yet.”

Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife

Kharmically, and I hardly know what it means, let alone how to spell it, I should be giving out some blurbs myself. And in fact, I am. My words will shortly appear on excellent volumes by Rosanne Cash, Kristin Hersh and Matt Mauch. (Note: not all these people have appeared at the Cabinet of Wonders.)

Next week is the Fairleigh Dickinson Spectacular. I note that the John Doe/Exene event on monday, Eugene’s comedy event and the Paul Muldoon event are free and open to the public (but not very many of them). So if you’d like to attend, let me know and I’ll get you on some kind of list to make sure you get in. What’s happening? Well:

Monday, May 3, 4:00 pm, Hartman Lounge

WILD GIFT: JOHN DOE & EXENE CERVENKA of X
in Conversation and Performance with John Wesley Harding

Tuesday, May 4, 4:00pm , Dreyfuss Theater

EUGENE MIRMAN AND HIS PRETTY GOOD FRIENDS
(WHO ARE ALSO COMEDIANS)
FEATURING: Eugene Mirman, Michael Showalter, Leo Allen, Kumail Nanjiani

Wednesday, May 5, 4:00pm. Hartman Lounge

WORDS FOR MUSIC, PERHAPS: PAUL MULDOON & JOHN WESLEY HARDING
in Conversation and Performance

Thursday, May 6, 4:00pm. Dreyfuss Theater

JERSEY RAIN: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & ROBERT PINSKY
in Conversation and Performance with John Wesley Harding

No gigs, apart from these events, until the May 20th Cabinet in NYC, for which I can promise the delivery of high quality Cabinetry, including, but not limited to, the services of: Paul Muldoon, Eugene Mirman, Janeane Garofolo, Robbie Fulks, Buffalo Tom, Kristin Hersh and, probably, Lenny Kaye, not to mention of course The English UK.

best wishes to all
jwh