Author Archives: Ben Drevlow

Do It With Grace: An Interview with Portugal. The Man

Do It With Grace: An Interview with Portugal. The Man

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Since 2006, Portugal. The Man has been making fearlessly evolving rock and roll. Each of their eight studio albums have shown passion, experimentation, and growth in equal measure. The four year gap between 2013’s Evil Friends and 2017’s breakout, Woodstock saw the band record a massive amount of material before scrapping an album they hadmore

Darrin Doyle

Darrin Doyle

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If anything can humble a person, it’s the process of trying to “make it” as an artist; to devote your life to creating a thing that has no tangible, measurable purpose in our particular culture.more

Kali VanBaale

Kali VanBaale

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“Never, ever, underestimate perseverance.”more

Joe Clifford

Joe Clifford

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As a writer, you don’t set out to write anything other than that most kick-ass, amazing book you can. So it, of course, stands to reason that, after busting your balls, bleeding out your heart, spilling your soul on the page, having someone say, “This isn’t right for us” is going to hurt. more

Maria, Maria

Maria, Maria

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Seventies young physician fresh out of fancy-schmancy Harvard/Stanford/Harvard/Stanford training blew off chief residency and academic career to become the first internist naïve enough to take a position at some migrant worker clinic in Alviso east of San Jose. Our ramshackle long-neglected prefab building stood between a trailer park, taqueria, chicken farm and Route 237 on a godforsaken patch ofmore

Can’t Go Back Inside

Can’t Go Back Inside

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When the smoke clears a fire is still burning. The man can feel the flames singeing the interior of his breastbone. The grass he stands on is wet and his socks soak his feet. They had pulled him back onto the boulevard and there he stands as he refuses to sit with the E.M.T. inmore

“Out, Brief Candle!”

“Out, Brief Candle!”

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We were tucked away in a shabby strip center eating chicken fried steak when I got the news. Neon from the “DINER” sign glowed turquoise and bright pink under a small troupe of stars. The waitress had just given us our coffee. She was thin and pale, and her Russian accent contrasted with the restmore

Frank Reardon

Frank Reardon

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Let’s not mince words here. Frank Reardon makes his living as a butcher in Minot, North Dakota. Let’s just imagine for a moment the type of stories a butcher in Minot, North Dakota might tell. Now imagine a guy with the hard-earned writing chops of a Charles Bukowski or Larry Brown. Frank Reardon has publishedmore

The Last Hours of a Hornet

The Last Hours of a Hornet

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The blood settled on the old English letters of Alan’s knuckle tattoo that spelled out the word Nana. Forty-three years of failing at everything knocked him on his ass. Tears filled up his eyes and dropped down on his cheeks. He wanted to wipe them away because when he was a young boy he wasmore

Troy James Weaver

Troy James Weaver

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I’ll let you all in on a little secret: for the past four years, Troy James Weaver has been quietly churning out some of the best books out there. Period. In 2015, there was Witchita Stories (Future Tense Books) and Visions (Broken River Books). In 2016, there was Marigold (King Shot Press). And now thismore