“If Interplanetary Traveler is Lauren Hoffman’s final record, then what has she left us with? What sort of exit is it? Nothing like the extended break Hoffman took from recording music after the release of From the Blue House, a seven-year distance from the discord between the songwriter and Virgin Records. Nor is it the sort of salt-sowing declaration Hoffman might’ve made circa Megiddo when, a fan recently e-mailed to tell her, Hoffman advised her to burn an ex-boyfriend’s things.
“‘No,’ she responds when asked whether she remembers writing such a letter. ‘But I was a different person at the time.’”
December 15, 2009
“In the beginning, God created the station wagon, and suburban rooftops were without form, black as the hot chocolate in little James Yates’ mug as his parents drove him through their neighborhood. One neighbor plugged in a cord, another flipped a switch, and rows of incandescent bulbs divided themselves from darkness…”
December 8, 2009
Rob Tarbell, “Dilate”