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Good Week for Nick Cave Fans/Dorks


1. Bunny Munro television mini-series?

2.  Track listing for Grinderman 2 is released along with teaser videos for first single:

1) Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man

2) Worm Tamer

3) Heathen Child

4) When My Baby Comes

5) What I Know

6) Evil

7) Kitchenette

8) Palaces of Montezuma

9) Bellringer Blues

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Me and Bunny Munro, Several Months Later

Last October, I shared some thoughts on Nick Cave’s novel, The Death of Bunny Munro, from the point of view of a person who’s been a Cave fan for 15+ years.

he has written a pretty good story, but 278 pages chronicling the life of a piece of human garbage gets old faster than a three minute song.

Now, as I sit here with the sun shining into my room — opposed to the choking gray of Autumn — I’m going to go ahead and revise my statement, and say that Bunny is in fact a really fantastic book, and  I was too much of a pussy to admit it seven months ago.

I reread the book after a day spent listening to the 2007 album by Cave and his Bad Seeds side project, Grinderman.   I loved the record so much when it came out, I burned myself out on it and had not played it in a few years.  As I sat there and listened to Cave & Co. chant visceral mantras that sounded like they were written by an aging Lothario who was becoming disillusioned with age, I began to think, “this is the fucking soundtrack to Bunny!”

After that, I went and reread Zac Smith’s piece over at HTMLGiant about the book:

Book critics like Roberto Bolano because book critics look like Roberto Bolano (or his characters, or his voice, whichever): scholarly, neurotic, bibliophilic, unfairly overlooked, eager to somehow find a way to believe that literature is always only a step away from revolution and crime and violence and other more macho and less-bespectacled occupations.
Book critics do not look like Nick Cave

This all got me to thinking that I needed to give the book a second chance.  I did, and now I realize that I was wrong.  I’m not going to give you 1,000 more words as to why I was, I’m just going to admit that I was mistaken, and beg you not to hate me.

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The Verdict on Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro

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Farrar, Strauss and Giroux (2009), 278 p.

Reviewed by Willa A. Cmiel and Jason Diamond

When deciding who at Vol. 1 should review musician Nick Cave’s new novel, The Death of Bunny Munro, the following questions came to mind:

1. Who really got excited about Nick Cave putting out his second book, The Death of Bunny Munro?

2. Does Nick Cave have that large of a following that Bunny Munro could be considered a literary event?  Even after his last novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, came out in 1989?  Sure, he’s an acclaimed musician, but does his second novel really merit all this buzz?

So, we offer you two reviews.  One from Willa Cmiel, who has admittedly never heard a Nick Cave song, and the other from Jason Diamond, who has been a fan of Cave’s music and his first novel for fifteen years.   Here to figure out if The Death of Bunny Munro is worth your time as a fan of literature, a fan of Nick Cave’s, or possibly both.

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Bites: Levi Johnston broken down, Good writing cafes, Nick Cave and iPhones, Stephen Elliott, good uses for vodka, and more

The Awl breaks down Levi Johnston’s Vanity Fair article.

  • Nick Cave wants you to have his upcoming book, The Death of Bunny Munro, on your iPhone.

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