I am thrilled and humbled to announce that I won $30,000 from the Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation, in the Arts Writers Program. It’s a big honor. The list of recipients includes several writers and scholars I know and like, including the philosophy professor Christoph Cox, who writes often for The Wire, and the film critic Ed Halter, who used to write often for the Village Voice in happier days. I’m still floored, and I’m still trying to process the news.
In other news, I just got my hands on a copy of the intriguing new anthology The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson, edited by Mark Fisher, which includes an essay by me on Michael Jackson and Bollywood cinema. On the Another Green World front, I’m glad to see that my little Eno book seems to be doing well. I just saw that my book is in the Pitchfork Holiday Gift Guide, which must be a good thing. I talked about some of my favorite Eno rarities for the music blog Largehearted Boy. I just did an extensive interview with KEXP in Seattle about my book, which will be out soon, along with an interview for the Vancouver radio show/podcast Books on the Radio. But the best book-related news of all was getting a very nice email out of the blue from Ed Park, who was one of my editors at the Village Voice way back when. (Ed now edits The Believer, and wrote a great novel called Personal Days.) Ed said he loved the book; I had no idea that he had even read it. He wrote a blurb for my book — I didn’t ask him to — which reads: “Dayal’s lucid, elegant deconstruction of Brian Eno’s most beguiling album is also an inspiring, delightful inquiry into the nature of creativity and constraint. Anyone interested in art making needs to read this.”
Right now I’m writing a big piece for Rhizome about the history and uses of sound as a weapon, incorporating a review of Steve Goodman (a.k.a. kode9)’s intriguing new book Sonic Warfare, on MIT Press. And I’m making plans to head back to San Francisco — in part to escape the biting New England cold — for a few days next week. And plans are under way to do a book reading in Brooklyn at the end of this month; more details soon.