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Rusty’s Book of the Year for 2017 | January 1, 2018

I read a bunch of poetry this year and it would have been easy to give this ‘award’ to Yusef Komunyakaa… or Rob Winger… or Mary Pinkoski… or any of a number of others.

Instead it goes to a biography.


The Replacements- trouble boys Book


The Replacements  from ‘Hootenanny’ to ‘Pleased to Meet Me’ are my favourite band of all time. (I still like them outside of that range – including Paul Westerberg as a solo artist, but not quite as much).

I found their history to be painful and illuminating. It gave me a lot to think about as far as the life of a struggling artist… I don’t mean struggling as it trying to get famous. I mean struggling as in struggling with who you are and who you want to be.

There are many kinds of self-destruction and many kinds are evident within the book. Even their ‘comeback’, when they appeared on late night tv a couple of years ago and were… well, awful… is changed somewhat after reading this.

This is a great book and I heartily recommend in for anyone who is familiar with the band.



2018 is here and I am currently reading a novel gifted to me by Amal El-Mohtar as well as a poetry periodical. I just ordered a poetry book by Joe Denham and a volume of Fables. (I don’t care for WIllingham, but I still enjoyed the series, overall.) What else will a new year bring?

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