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Alex V. Cook is an author, teacher, journalist and music critic living Baton Rouge, LA. His work has appeared in The Believer, The Oxford American, DownBeat, Front Porch, Paste Magazine, Hails and Horns and The Wire, and his first collection of essays Darkness, Racket and Twang: Essential Listening from the Fringes of Popular and Unpopular Culture was published by Side Cartel in 2006.
He is an Adjunct Professor with the Manship School of Mass Communications at Louisiana State University. He is the music editor for outsideleft.com and a frequent contributor to 225 Magazine, OffBeat and Country Roads. He is a founding contributor to the Badasses of Contemporary Composition blog.
"I like to put in as many details as I can and pack them down like brown sugar." - Maya Cook on writing. "I'll tell you what your kind of life is; do you want to know what your kind of life is? The boring kind. Your idea is that you'll maybe sit around for a while and listen to some jazz on the web, on some website that's about to go out of business because not one person has ever listened to any of the shit that they play on there ---" -Rick Moody, The Four Fingers of Death