Ben Westhoff, a former colleague of mine at the seminal nouveau-hieroglyphics journal Riverfront Times in Hannibal, Missouri, recently moved to Brooklyn, and just had a piece published in the Village Voice exploring the psyche of Long Winters frontman John Roderick in advance of the band's April Fool's Day weekend gigs in Jersey and the Apple. In an e-mail to me, Westhoff expressed playful dismay that he couldn't get Roderick's mug on the Voice cover, as we did last week, but still managed to get some pearly quotes out of Sir John, including a remark where Roderick claims to have led the post-grunge movement in Seattle in the mid-90's. But this excerpt might be the best:
"Seattle is one of America's nicest cities," he imparts. "Frankly, at this stage of my life I'd rather live in New York, but I'm postponing the move until I meet the right girl . . . one who'll understand me completely, who has a graduate degree in the life sciences, who's independently wealthy and possibly minor nobility -- like maybe the Viscountess of Liechtenstein -- but who has spent her young life in monastic seclusion searching for the perfect, shiftless artist type who masks his heart of gold beneath a transparent and tragic veneer of irony."