Rick Moody, author of The Ice Storm and The Four Fingers of Death, just published a new essay collection, On Celestial Music. The titular essay, collected in Best American Essays 2008, offers a musical road map to the divine. Moody’s essays explore the music of The Velvet Underground, Wilco, and The Pogues as if scrolling through an entertainingly discursive jukebox. Moody surprises the reader by making The Clash unworthy of “cool” while elevating the acoustic falsetto Christian rock band Danielson Famile. Read an excerpt from npr.org.
Also, Moody’s new story is available to read online at newyorker.com: The Undependable Global Positioning System.