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Letters to Emma Bowlcut

Letters to Emma Bowlcut [Kindle Edition]

Bill Callahan
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Sixty two letters from a nameless protagonist to a woman he saw at a party. The letters form the seduction, in sifting the loose, disparate details of his day-to-day the desires, the frustrations, the joys. The self as depicted through emotional weather updates, social observations, anecdotes, advice, and well-timed punchlines. Fiction.

About the Author

Over the course of nine releases as Smog, Bill Callahan built an international audience for his musical fights and lyrical incites. For the past three years, he has presented his music under his own name to. His artwork, which has adorned the covers of all but one of his albums, has been distributed in the form of three sketchbooks (Women, The Death's Head Drawings and Ballerina Scratchpad) and he has contributed his unique perspective to magazines over the years, but Letters to Emma Bowlcut is his first published writing. As Bill continues to record and tour, playing concerts throughout Europe, Japan, North and South America and Australia, Letters to Emma Bowlcut will be disinseminated among his ever-chaging and growing fan-base.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 793 KB
  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Drag City Books (7 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #413,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Any fan of Bill Callahan/Smog Should Enjoy This 25 Mar 2011
Bill Callahan has produced many albums under the alias of Smog, and more recently two studio albums and one live album under his own name. Fans of his work appreciate that his lyrics are filled with a dark humour, acute observation and self-deprecating melancholy, that leaves only Leonard Cohen and his Drag City label-mate DC Berman (of the Silver Jews) as vaguely similar points of reference. All three have vastly different styles however, but their enigmatic qualities make for an easy comparison.

Leonard Cohen was a published poet and novelist before he ever got a recording contract, and DC Berman has also has a parallel career as a poet - see his excellent 'Actual Air' collection. Bill Callahan has also released non-music projects, namely his three books of sketches.

Letters To Emma Bowlcut is his first 'novelette'. It takes the unusual form of 62 letters sent to a woman he met at a party. We don't get her responses, but have to piece together the narrative through his letters alone. It's 79 pages can be read easily in one sitting and it's very well written, displaying much of the same charm, themes and charismatic style found in his songs. There are little asides, biographical anecdotes, in-jokes, and occasions of poetic beauty. Callahan provides a narrative peppered with brilliantly observed characters, and small everyday details that he manages to make seem much more meaningful than the surface-level banality. In this respect, he is reminiscent of William Carlos Williams in This Is Just To Say.

There are also things that may appear throwaway, but are humourous and reveal a comic irreverence:

'One of my favourite things of all time is when an animal keeps company with a different species. It's often a duck.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Delivery and Perfect Condition 16 Dec 2013
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This was a great order from start to finish. The book was a great price, delivered quickly, and it is in perfect condition. Exactly what it says on the page! Would definitely use this seller again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a hidden gem 15 Dec 2013
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What a wonderful read this was. Possibly the smallest book to read, like "the little prince" and equally powerful. We all knew Bill Callahan could write great lyrics, but this? He surpassed himself. xxx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Callahan song-poet genius 9 Sep 2013
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I love this book, I am fan of Callahan's music and stumbled upon the fact he'd written this and ordered immediately. His lyrics are so powerful it's not a surprise he can write great literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 27 Aug 2012
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Considering this is his first book, you can only hope he writes another.
I'd have stopped above if not for the 20-word requirement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read Mr. Callahan's Mesmerizing Letters 1 Oct 2013
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Bill Callahan's voice is stunning as a poet and as a vocalist and guitarist. I picked this book up at his show at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC in fall 2013; the writing is stunning. I have been a fan since the late 90s; his lyrics have always awed me and I learned, "Teenage Spaceship," "Held" and others on guitar back then. Callahan's writing and imagery are magic...dry, incisive, haunting, dark and hopeful. He is finally getting the recognition he deserves as a genius, not only for his music but for his writing as well. I hope he keeps writing and thank you for this little book! Bill, please come back to the Raleigh, NC area soon for a reading and signing at Quail Ridge Books where other stars go: [...] Amazing work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully understated epistolary novel 19 April 2013
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I'm admittedly biased considering I have all (or most) of Bill Callahan's albums but "Letters to Emma Bowlcut" is a wonderfully understated epistolary novel. It reads as half diary, half poetry and the combination works well. Callahan is able to take the banality of life and make it exceptional. A great quick read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and Bizarre 26 Jan 2012
By Nerdgrrrl - Published on
Whether you're familiar with Bill Callahan (also known as the brains behind Smog) and his music, give this book a try. It's a quick read, but you'll find something new every time you go back through it. Bowlcut is funny and strange, and the ending is downright chilling. Definitely a treasure.
5.0 out of 5 stars so good 18 Mar 2014
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Everything that I can think to say about the book doesn't come close to capturing how I feel about it. I will tell you though, that I have giant quotes from this book all over the walls of my apartment, and that you should absolutely read it. It (only kind of and sort of) reminds me of a cross between J.D. Salinger and Charles Bukowski, but now I've said too much.
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