Author: Scott Laudati

They Say the Devil’s In the Deep End

When you meet the devil, the only response is to wake and bake...

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The Itch and the Burn. New Jersey Karma

Anything that could dig a hole had crawled underground. The poolboys feel the burn....

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Pristine Pools, Watery Bowels and the Septic American Dream

There are biological consequences to keeping an open sewer of stagnant water in your garden. Even if you call it a pool....

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Bad Vibes in the Jersey Punchbowl

Sex, Strippers and Staph Infections in the Jersey 'Burbs...

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Pee and Loathing in New Jersey

Of all the strippers' pools to be cleaning, it had to be this one.......

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Love in a Time of Algae: Play the Devil (Extract)

Like the ancients before us, let’s drink the wine. Smoke the stash. Paint the caves....

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Deeper Into the Hepatitis Bathtub

A booksigning followed by dinner should be simple. In newly-cleansed Manhattan, it's anything but...

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In New York City with the Hepatitis Bathtub

En route to NYC for a NOFX book signing, Scott Laudati takes the Red Sox and racism trail...

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Losers, Lawnmowers and The Grave of Jack Kerouac

Hitting the road for the birthday of Jack Kerouac, Scott Laudati wends a weary way to the writer's graveside...

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Searching for the Great American Album [JKutchma]

here is eternal credence in the idea of “the great American novel”. The essential capturing of American culture – its ideals, hopes, failures and promises, all catalogued between 300 bound...

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Frankie had them both on the ground and bleeding in two hits.

n my junior year I saw thirty-five fist fights. They came like some pandemic no one had ever seen, and no one knew what to do. One fight the first day. Five the next. Two days before Christmas break...

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On Working at Barnes and Noble

“You want to be a writer,” Kelly said. “Why don’t you work at Barnes & Noble?” “I wear clothes, too. Maybe I should get a job in a sweatshop.”...

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Notes on a Dog

“Get rid of the dog”, she said. “Or get rid of me.”...

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The Last Honky Tonk in Nashville

You’ll get a solid handshake, by men who believe a firm handshake can tell a lot...

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Kyle Kouri : Interview

'I mastered the eyebrows, smirk, handshake and nasal, drawling talk. The seductive and aggressive game of selling pictures. The whole thing was hilarious'...

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How I Got Banned From Canada

I was a documented citizen of a country, with a passport, and I spoke English. What could go wrong?...

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Finding Nick Tosches

I asked him how he had gotten his first book published. “It’s a dead industry”, he said....

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Pompeii Graffiti : Interview

Songs about falling in love with lesbians, a song about Battlestar Galactica, songs about losing friends, songs about high school romance, songs about feeling like a loser...

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The Endless Inferno Under Centralia

Centralia, less than three hours from Times Square, stands empty. The emissions break through the ground like fists of mustard gas....

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Silent Old Mtns : Naked Raccoon [Interview]

I don't think anyone has heard these tracks outside of the band, except maybe my Dad...

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Staring Into The Sun

If you look at the brain like a machine, a machine needs fuel. Without sun the fuel runs out. We start to act funny...

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The Most Interesting Man In The World: George W. Bush

The overall trait of the dog is loyalty, an instinct of which George W. Bush seemed to possess none. So why is he painting them?...

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New York Finds Cool Again: Fountain Art Fair

'It was the hippest New York scene outside of the eastbound L train you’ll find until next year.' Scott Laudati reports from New York's Fountain Art Fair...

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Super Mario Brothers, Reptilian Rape and the Hollow Earth Theory

The ideology of imperialism runs deep in Bowser. He is also, at least, a kidnapper, but more probably a pedophile. ...

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Janet LaBelle : New Jersey, Pizza and Punk Pop

'it could take years…or even a lifetime to write anything you think is ever any good'...

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Charlotte Sometimes: Interview

After four albums, dropped deals, reality television, a rare jaw disease that almost crippled her singing career, and a few lost loves, Charlotte has proven there is no plan B. ...

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Alexandra Ackerman: Interview

Alexandra Ackerman: an LA transplant with a cache of romance novel covers, film, television and stage performances under her belt. When it comes to Hollywood substance is usually traded for beauty,...

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Into the Appalachians [Tour Diary]

'A single lane road etched through this land that’s not the north, or south, that's forgotten by the east but far from the west. If you pointed a rifle at the vast nothing that encompasses the...

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The cookie crumbles beneath the foot of the dancer (Sam Pink)

'I didn’t write in high school. I barely talk about writing to most people in real life because no one cares and I kind of agree, I like not talking about it. ' Scott Laudati interviews author Sam...

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JKutchma: Interview

He held himself like a man of another era. Like he had a shed full of tools and knew how to use them....

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