A blog devoted to the works of Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, The Gothic Archies, et al. This blog will feature news related to his work, as well as occasional fanboy gushes from the author. Thank you for stopping by, and may all your dreams come true.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Why are you interviewing me?"

Hint Magazine has posted this interview with Stephin Merritt, wherein he pontificates about his fashion history and other topics in the realm of vanity.  While obviously it isn't the most insightful interview in the world, it's quite fun and features Mr. Merritt at the top of his game, wit-wise.  Quite enjoyable.  The interviewer is Cesar Padilla, who some may recognize from LD Beghtol's 69 Love Songs book, or as the photographer from Mr. Merritt's one and only naked photo shoot for Butt Magazine.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

More Deleted Scene(s) Than You Can Shake a Stick At!



The above is a very cute deleted scene from Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields.  It features Ms. Claudia Gonson taking photographs of Mr. Merritt and Mr. Daniel Handler, the products of which ended up in the booklet for The Gothic Archies' The Tragic Treasury.  I might also add that Ms. Gonson's sock collection has always made me jealous...

And speaking of that socked songstress, the video at this link is absolutely required viewing.  It features Ms. Gonson extrapolating on the newfound joys and hardships of motherhood and is, if you can believe it, several times cuter than the above video.  Oh, holy Christ, what an adorable baby.

Ever the pundit, Ms. Gonson goes on to describe some of her favorite books at different junctures in her life for NY Books here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Winner is You

Firstly, I just want to say thanks so much to all of you who submitted stories for the Coraline ticket contest!!  I enjoyed them all immensely, and picking a winner hasn't been an easy feat.

However, it was a necessity.  So, I'm proud to announce that Lisa, who submitted her highly sexualized story based on "When You're A Cat" is our winner!  She's the only one who posted her story directly to the blog, so read it in the comments of the post below!  Congratulations, Lisa!  Please e-mail me your information and the date you'd like to see the show (any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of its run), and we'll get your tickets out to you ASAP!

Again, thanks to all of you who participated.  I had so much fun reading the stories, especially the ones featuring me as a character (you know who you are).

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Win tickets to see Coraline in San Francisco!!

In collaboration with the SF Playhouse, Aging Spinsters would like to present you the opportunity to win a free pair of tickets to see the SF Playhouse's production of Stephin Merritt's musical Coraline!

After several weeks of correspondence with the SF Playhouse, all involved are thrilled to announce this opportunity to you, lovely readers.  The SF Playhouse is offering two tickets to any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night performance of Stephin Merritt's musical.  Lodging and air fare are not provided, but if you're a Californian or a traveller, then certainly you're in luck.

But, what would a contest be without some rules, huh?  These rules, however, are simple.  In order to win the tickets, you must write a short story based on one of the song titles from the Coraline soundtrack.  Said track list can be found here.  Whether or not the story is directly based in the world of Coraline is up to you, the author/participant.  These stories should be no more than 350 words and will be chosen subjectively by your humble author.  You can post them in the comments of this entry or e-mail me at the_hymen_of_reality at yahoo.com.  Neither method is favored over the other. 

The deadline for this contest will be a week from today, November 13th, at which point I shall announce the winner.  Good luck to all of you and I can't wait to read your stories and give you guys free tickets!