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Joanna Newsom interview in Arthur Magazine

So, am I ever going to shut up about the greatness of Joanna Newsom? Probably not for quite awhile yet. It seems I'm not alone either, as the latest issue of Arthur Magazine has a huge (and by huge I mean 12,000 words) feature on her. I'm not going to lie and say that I've read the whole thing so far, but here's a great quote pulled from it:
"When I listen back to those first EPs, I'm like, well, that voice does sound fucking crazy. There is no way around it. But I know exactly what space I was in. I was so sure that I didn't know how to sing that I was just going balls out. I was like: I'm going to sing my heart out, as crazy as it sounds, and I'm not going to care because there's no hope of sounding anything like what people consider beautiful. I sure as hell wasn't affecting anything. I mean, the institution of singing is inherently an affectation!"
You can download the entire interview in pdf format here.
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Joanna Newsom

Hi everyone; I want to alert all Joanna Newsom fans that I am putting together a book of writings about the original Milk-Eyed Mender herself to be called “Visions of Joanna Newsom” (yes, the reference to Bob Dylan is intentional). I’m looking for art, gossip, essays, poems, true stories, academic readings of songs, anecdotes, and all things brilliant and bizarre related to our favorite harpist. I’ve already secured a contribution from the famous novelist and Joanna-acolyte Dave Eggers, and the book will be published through a small press that I will soon be starting up here in Sacramento. This is not just a pie-in-the-sky project; it’s real and will definitely happen.

Who am I? Well, my name is Brad Buchanan and I teach English Literature and Creative Writing full-time at the California State University, Sacramento. I’m a poet and sort-of scholar; you can read some of my poetry at my now-lapsed blog: or verify my existence at the CSUS English Department’s web page: I’m also a board member at the Sacramento Poetry Center, where I co-edit The Tule Review, and I have a few books out there already in various fields.
My email address is and you may send hard copies of submissions to Brad Buchanan, P.O. Box 160406, Sacramento, CA 95816.
yours, Brad Buchanan
Assistant Professor of English
CSU Sacramento


Great to see my favorite harpist getting some respect!

Speaking of Newsom, Roan Press's "Visions of Joanna Newsom" book is now available for pre-ordering:

You can see the blurbs at

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