this one with The New Yorker, whose title I can't believe isn't being used by every single goddamn article about the book.
The LA Times offers this short interview, wherein Mr. Merritt explains the impetus for making his mnemonic devices poems and not songs.
Paste Magazine offers this interview, which only serves as reminder of how badly I want to hear Mr. Merritt's song about Ethan Frome.
Most excitingly though, is the fact that Mr. Merritt is continuing his series of solo live shows. The day after his Chicago book tour stop, Mr. Merritt will be performing at The Old Town School of Folk Music in the same city. More information can be found here.
Having seen The Magnetic Fields play the same venue in 2008, I can attest to it being a really wonderful space for this music. If you go to the show, be sure to come say hi to a certain little blogger, as I've already procured tickets thanks to the overflowing kindness of one Mr. Andrew Horton and his friend Jessica.