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BOOK REVIEW: BRIX SMITH-START, “The Rise, The Fall & The Rise”

This is now the second time I’ve had the pleasure of reading an autobiography of someone who’s career I’ve followed and/or admired and finding the story to be refreshingly honest and free of the usual pitfalls of victimization, “woe-is-me”-isms or patting one’s self on the back that autobiographies always tend to do.  This very lengthy, strongly detailed and incredibly moving story belongs to Laura Salenger, who is known to most of the world as Brix Smith (or now Smith-Start), the guitarist/songwriter for The Fall, and foil to the maw of the legendary and irascible Mark E. Smith, as well as being his ex-wife.  Ms. Smith-Start has done quite a lot; lived many lives in her 53 years and frankly, considering some of the living hell she’s been through, it looks like time has been good to her – she’s as stunning now as she was when we first heard her name and saw her appear with The Fall. Amongst the shocking and downright painful recollections contained in Ms. Smith-Start’s book begins with her tumultuous childhood …

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Suburban Metal Dad Bonus Mid-Week ReRun: “The 5th of July”

Welcome back to Suburban Metal Dad, Popdose’s resident webcomic. Read a new one every Monday and Friday. But today is a mid-week rerun in honor of July 4th. METAL DAD: THE BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW! COLLECTS YEARS 3 & 4! Click here. METAL DAD shirts! Click here to get yours.  Click the pic to enlarge.  Right?! Tell us about it in the comments section!

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Book review: Taking on TBN and spiritual voids

“If you believe you’re playing well because you’re getting laid, or because you’re not getting laid, or because you wear women’s underwear, then you ARE! And you should KNOW that!” So sayeth the great sage Crash Davis in the great film Bull Durham, which contains so many of the answers to life’s mysteries. That scene would be worth watching just to hear Susan Sarandon spit out the words “English 101 and Beginning Composition.” But it’s so much more than that. “Come on, Annie, think of something clever to say,” Crash continues while Annie stands there stunned. “Something full of magic, religion, bullshit. Come on, dazzle me.” (Wait a minute, Beau. Didn’t a decade at USA TODAY cure you of these indirect, anecdotal leads? Isn’t this a post about some Christian book?) Sorry, but this one’s a journey, not a destination. It’s all about exploring the mysteries of faith in unlikely places. Lutheran minister Nadia Bolz-Weber explored such mysteries in one of the unlikeliest places of them all. She watched 24 hours of televangelical cable network …

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Suburban Metal Dad #551, “Semi-Authorized Unofficial High-Profile Collaboration”

Welcome back to Suburban Metal Dad, Popdose’s resident webcomic. Read a new one every Monday and Friday. METAL DAD: THE BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW! COLLECTS YEARS 3 & 4! Click here. METAL DAD shirts! Click here to get yours.  Click the pic to enlarge.  Stamps by Mark Mothersbaugh. Arrangement and primitive bullsh*t by Ferris. Right?! Tell us about it in the comments section!

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The Popdose Interview: D.X. Ferris, Creator of Suburban Metal Dad

We at Popdose talk a lot about those off the ranch but seldom about out longtime farmhands. I’m not sure how I wound up on this path but go with it. D.X. Ferris has been providing Popdose readers with his comic strip Suburban Metal Dad for several years now, and has recently collected a large part of the run into a book, Suburban Metal Dad: Compendium One: Raging Bullsh*t (Years III and IV) (Volume 1), which you are cheerfully encouraged to check out. A lot of the hows and whys about the strip are covered in the forward to Ferris’ book, so it was a bit of work to not cause him to duplicate himself. Why buy the cow if you’re getting the milk — okay, enough of that. Ferris runs an independent book publishing company and had a great deal of success with his book on the band Slayer. We found this aspect intriguing and, since we already knew Suburban Metal Dad was funny and irreverent to nearly everything, the line of questioning drifted …