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Hi there! I'm a writer and digital marketing strategist living in Brooklyn, NY. I'm a Contributing Editor at Refinery29 and a regular contributor to Interview Magazine and International Tapes, a blog that focuses on global cassette and digital music culture. I have also contributed to Salon, AdHoc.fm, The Creators Project, XLR8R, and elsewhere. I studied Philosophy at UC Berkeley, graduated from the Columbia Publishing Course, and taught English in Japan through the JET Program. This is my tumblelog.
For some clips of my work just click the "Pages" pop-up menu here on Tumblr. Feel free to use the Ask page, bother me on Twitter, or email me at nathanreese (at) gmail (dot) com.
It’s the last day of October, which means Refinery29’s Month of Sound Stars has come to an end. Doing all these interviews was super fun, even if roping in all the talent had a herding cats quality to it. I also want to shout out Ammiel Mendoza, who did some gorgeous illustrations with the press photos we were provided. Click HERE to check out the whole month.
Wrote a little bit about “Here She Comes Now” for a Lou Reed tribute that never ran:
Though I love Lou Reed’s knottier, more experimental work, I’m more often blown away by his economy and skill as a pop songwriter. “Here She Comes Now” was originally supposed to be sung by Nico, and I suppose that would have been pretty wonderful, too. (Her live version of the track certainly is gorgeous.) But for White Light/White Heat, it ended up going to Reed almost by default resulting in a rare moment of Reed’s concrete-cracked voice spread buttery-smooth. While sexual subtext may have been a trademark of Reed and The Velvet Underground, the song’s repetitiousness almost renders the obvious double-entendre a moot point. Maybe she’s just walking toward us on the street? Maybe she’s going to buy herself a drink? “Here She Comes Now” is also blessed with the great asset of being the shortest on the album. Played ad nauseum, it has the effect of an illusory sonic vision: She’s on the way, but we have to move the needle back just as she reaches us. Here she ever comes…
It’s an especially exciting time for comics right now. Over the past few months, here are a few (both new and not-so-new) that I’ve caught up on.