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I love the blunt care for real time, with all its gaps & noises & bends, Andy Mister takes in the searching, powerful scroll of paragraphs that make up Liner Notes. Working through the implied vision of an undecided note taker prone to stark assertions and excavating insights to perception, Mister puts songs at the heart of his relationship to language & digs away at the disappearances they reflect in their, and his, histories. "The world becomes boring when you brush away the detritus" says the same mind that listens to own its aloneness, & desires, evenly, "to dissolve each distance in distance." - Anselm Berrigan

Jim Carroll's "People Who Died" comes immediately to mind, but Liner Notes has more in common with David Markson's late books or with Frank O'Hara's "Hatred" than with any pop song. What's most evident, though, is that Andy Mister cares for his readers by caring about his subject. He's your friend, and he's alive. - Graham Foust

Andy Mister's loving and disturbing "notes" create a complex harmony (sympathy) between public noise and private revelation. In the midst of Liner Notes we read: "Childhood is a song I can barely remember the words to. They only come back to me when I am thinking of something else." That something else is at the heart of this compelling and magical book. Listen! - Peter Gizzi

I had forgotten with what feverishness I used to study the back jackets of my LPs. Was I seeking to understand my desire? The sadness of desolate beauty? The sensitive youth's love affair with death? It's all here-as breathless and disarmingly self-conscious as the sweetest parking-lot kiss. I love this book. - Jennifer Moxley


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