Each month, our Aux.Out. Book Club reads and discusses either a canonical piece of music writing or something fresh off the presses. This month, we sat down with our first piece of fiction, Wolf in White Van, the debut novel from Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle (out this week from Farrar, Straus and Giroux). In the novel, Sean, creator of a popular, text-based, mail-order RPG (role-playing game) called Trace Italian, finds himself forced to confront his troubled past after two of his game’s subscribers tragically fail to separate fantasy from reality. Read on to see the Book Club’s reaction to Wolf in White Van. (P.S. it was just long-listed for the National Book Award)
Book Club Members:
— Matt Melis, Senior Editor
— Megan Ritt, Contributing Writer
— Michael Madden, Associate Editor
Recent Book Club Reviews:
Mo’ Meta Blues by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
31 Songs by Nick Hornby
Signifying Rappers by David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello
Dinosaur Jr. by Dinosaur Jr.
Just Kids by Patti Smith
One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band by Alan Paul
Purchase: Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle here.