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Robert Christgau's memoir, Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man, is published by Dey Street Books and will be released on February 24.

Carola Dibbell's novel, The Only Ones, is published by Two Dollar Radio and will be released on March 17.

Book promotional events:

  • March 11, 7PM: Both, at The Astoria Bookshop -- 31-29 31st St, Astoria, New York 11106 [link; also Facebook]
  • March 19, 7PM: Both: Center for Fiction, 17 E 41st Street, New York
  • May 5: Dibbell: St. Marks Bookshop, 136 East 3rd Street, New York
  • June 4: Dibbell: Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn (with Sandra Newman)

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Robert Christgau's Pazz & Jop ballot is here. For more statistical analysis of his ballot, see this.

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