So, yes, it's official now: I'm at work on writing a book about Slint's Spiderland as part of Continuum's 33 1/3 series. I started working on this back in October, turned in my proposal in December, and have since anxiously watched my inbox and the 33 1/3 blog as the contenders went from a longlist of 597, then to 170, then to 25, and finally to the 11 final selections. I'm really thrilled and honored to be a part of a series that has put out so many great books by artists and writers I really admire. And you can't believe how excited I am to tackle, of all albums, Spiderland. This is the album that, fifteen or sixteen years ago, completely impacted the way I listen to music. I've gone through my share of musical phases in my life, but Spiderland is one that has remained with me throughout.
I'm still so early in the process that I don't want to go too much into detail about how I'll approach the record, but suffice to say I think Spiderland is one of the most mysterious albums of the last twenty years, and Slint one of the most mysterious bands. I plan to get as deep into that mystery as I can. I'll be spending the rest of this year, and maybe a little of next, researching and writing. The book should come out some time next year.
I want to give a shout out to Sam Yurick for helping me with an early draft of the proposal, and an even bigger shout out to my brilliant wife, who has been so encouraging over the last few months and who indulges me daily as I blabber on about any and all Slint-related ideas passing through my head.
Now to the writing part. Wish me luck!