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David Wildman's Top 5 Local Writers Who Can Rock Guitars As Well As Awesome Prose


The Unfamiliars

1. Tom Perrotta
You know him for Election and Little Children, but he also likes to strap on a Strat and squeeze out a rocking riff or two. I know. I’ve witnessed it. Check out his canny descriptions of how it feels to crank up metal mutilation in his book The Wishbones. Or wait for the movie.

2. Jen Trynin
Her 2006 book, Everything I’m Cracked Up to Be, scathingly uncovers the assholes at the pinnacle of the power, money, drugs, sex, and more drugs major-label world she crowbarred her way into the mid-90s. She rode the tough-ass female singer-songwriter wave until it discarded her into a tiny pile of broken bones and flesh on the shore.

3. Joe Pernice
Brilliant and bookish rocker whose painfully genius songs recall the darker side of Brian Wilson. His impending novel, It Feels So Good When I Stop, is reportedly filthy. Absolutely fucking filthy.

4. T Max
Hasn’t released a book as far as I know, but has expended more ink writing about the local scene than anybody else I can think of. Rocks a mean guitar. His band The Borg in the ’90s included his incredibly talented multi-instrumental son Izzy.

5. David Wildman
That’s right, me -- a local film critic and journalist. My ass-kicking band, The Unfamiliars, will draw blood at the Cantab this Thursday night, and my disturbing but equally ass-kicking new novel, The Book of Enemy, about a mind-reading cult in the Berkshires, is set to come out sometime in 2010.

The Unfamiliars play the Cantab Lounge downstairs (as part of Club Bohemia) on Thursday, May 7.
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