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Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters edited by Paul Maher Jr

Tom Waits, in his own words, as filtered through the editorial bias of a variety of journalists and presenters, is an entertaining read. There's not a great deal to talk about when it comes to the book itself - it's a mostly chronological collation of interviews the notoriously press-shy Waits gave to promote the various albums he thwacked out, from the 70s beat-jazz Closing Time, past the seminal 80s departure Swordfishtrombones and Frank's Wild Years trilogy, through the noisy but pared-back 90s Bone Machine and Mule Variation, up to the box-set of Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, the unreleased songs a large portion of which, if you believe Waits' apocryphal tale, were ransomed back to him from a bootlegger in Russia. They're great if difficult interviews, showcasing all that is darned cussedly mule-stubborn, charmingly irreverent, and cuttingly acerbic in the Waits psychological composite. 
What is great about this book is that it gives the reader the op…

Percival Everett by Virgil Russell: A Novel by Percival Everett

The Destructives by Matthew De Abaitua

Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts

The Big Drag by Mel Heimer

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

The King In Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges

Assumption by Percival Everett

How I Escaped My Certain Fate: The Life And Deaths of a Stand-Up Comedian by Stewart Lee

Home And Away: Writing The Beautiful Game by Karl Ove Knausgaard and Fredrik Ekelund

The Perfect Fool by Stewart Lee