Kickin’ and Stickin’

Things have been quiet around here in April, but that’s because I’ve been busy as hell. Mostly I’ve been working on a big project for the Indy, which I’ll talk about when it comes out early in May. Until then, here are the latest things I’ve published in the last couple weeks; again, all via the gracious folks at the Missoula Independent.

Oil Trail: Ken Ilgunas talks Keystone, Plains folk and fear

Q&A with writer Ken Ilgunas, appearing in this week’s edition, for his book, Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland.

Fighting Irish: Timothy Egan’s story of social justice resonates

My review of Egan’s latest work of non-fiction about Irish hero Thomas Meagher, who also served as acting governor of the pre-statehood Montana Territory. Great stuff, as usual for Egan. My only regret is I missed his event in town last night.

What’s Good Here: Eating squirrel with Steven Rinella

This was a fun one, and at 1300+ Facebook likes at the Indy page, it’s easily the most popular thing I’ve ever written for them. It’s an interview with hunter, writer, and host of the Outdoor Channel’s “Meat Eater” television show, Steve Rinella. We’d met once before when his first book came out (which has just been reissued by his current publisher), The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine. This published piece is just a fraction of our conversation, and some of the best parts were left on the cutting room floor, if only because the piece was a pinch hit for the regular Food article dude at the Indy. I will likely transcribe and post the entire conversation at some point, because I think it would make for a fun read.

Road stories: Marc Beaudin defies category in Vagabond Song

I met Marc, who lives in Livingston and owns the bookstore there, at last fall’s Montana Book Festival. I enjoyed his book, which I review here, and I enjoyed his event. I wish I’d gone out to beers with him afterward, but I wimped out at the end of what had been a looooong day. I’m certain our paths will cross again more than once, though.

Richmond Fontaine: You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To

My review of the first non-movie soundtrack album I’ve bought this year. It’s really good.


This Just In!

The mailman delivers the goods for the fourth time in a week (first was my copy of Needle Magazine; second was the new Victor Gischler novel, The Deputy; and third was yesterday’s delivery of issue one of Sgt. Zero)!

This is the new issue of World Explorer Magazine, featuring an article by yours truly.

It’s about the Gabriel Hunt novels that have been dreamed up and published by Charles Ardai of Hard Case Crime. The best part was the thirty-odd minutes I spent on the phone with Charles discussing the books. If you haven’t read them, you’re missing out, because they are a blast — thrilling pulp adventure yarns like nothing else you can find being published these days. The latest one just came out earlier this month, and was written by the lovely, dangerous and talented Christa Faust. Of course she gets a mention in the article as well.

I don’t know if it’s out on newsstands yet or not, or even where you can get it (I discovered it at Hastings in Missoula), but keep your eyes open for it. The entire magazine is a lot of fun, and Gabriel Hunt fits the theme perfectly.