Poet Ross Gay: Gene Smith’s Sink is “lyric research”
On November 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

  A few years ago a respected writer familiar with my work urged me to coin a phrase for what I do.  I asked him for a suggestion.  He said, “indirect narrative.”  I thought about it for a couple of years, modifying his idea and words to come up with “organic narrative,” meaning that my […]

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The Paris Review and National Sawdust Celebrate Gene Smith’s Sink
On October 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last week The Paris Review and National Sawdust threw an event for Gene Smith’s Sink at the latter’s sublime venue in Brooklyn.  A better conjoining of institutions and artists (see photos below) couldn’t be imagined for this book.  A number of chapters of the book were steeped in The Paris Review Daily over the past […]

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Scene from Tuesday Night at NYPL
On September 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

    A funny thing happened in the green room before Eugene Richards and I went onstage.  He told me a funny story about a recent radio interview in which his interviewer kept harping on how his content is so sad.  He and I shared a laugh about it.  Then I told him a story […]

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Writing Roundabout: An Interview with Sam Stephenson
On September 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sam is interviewed by The Paris Review‘s managing editor, Nicole Rudick.  The results offer an inside look at the making of Gene Smith’s Sink.  

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The Greatest Jazz Photograph
On August 29, 2017 | 1 Comments

Charlie Parker was born ninety-seven years ago today in Kansas City.  The date makes me think of my favorite jazz photograph, two versions of which are here, by Bob Parent.  The Open Door in Greenwich Village in September 1953.  Very few historic jazz photographs render the whole band.  For my money, this could be the […]

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The Process of Not Knowing: Conversation with Allan Gurganus
On August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

A conversation between Sam and novelist Allan Gurganus, to whom Gene Smith’s Sink is dedicated, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux’s Works in Progress.

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A Year with Swollen Appendices: Brian Eno’s Diary
On August 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

  A friend recommended this book because I’m currently working on an excavation project involving the year 1995 and this is Eno’s diary from that year.  It’s currently out of print.  Somebody like New York Review Books should consider republishing it.  I read a few pages every night and I find wonderful nuggets on every […]

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Early Commentary on Gene Smith’s Sink
On July 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

As a unit, this early group of quotes says a lot.

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821 Sixth Ave. July 1, 2017
On July 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

This snapshot is by Momoko Gill, a drummer who was my interpreter in Japan in 2011 and who plays a key role in the parts of Gene Smith’s Sink related to Japan.  In town from London, she walked up to the building around 7:30 pm last night during a steady rain.

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