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Paul Maher

Paul Maher is the author of the critically-acclaimed Kerouac: His Life and Work, Jack Kerouac’s American Journey, Miles on Miles: Interviews and Encounters with Miles Davis and Empty Phantoms. He is currently at work completing a collection of interviews with Tom Waits and beginning production on his first indie drama.


Thursday, May 27 2010

The Calm Before 'The Tree of Life'

With The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick, the mysterious director no one knew about save for film buffs, will be on the tip of everybody's tongue come the awards season of 2011.


Friday, October 1 2010

Pacific Hell Amid Days of Heaven: Terrence Malick's 'The Thin Red Line'

PopMatters' Paul Maher speaks with cast and crew about what went into Terrence Malick's million-and-a-half feet of film (250 hours) that would become The Thin Red Line (re-released on DVD by Criterion, 28 September).

Tuesday, July 20 2010

Manly Love: Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg's Letters

Kerouac and Ginsberg are cosmic twins borne from Whitman’s Universal skull, bonded as comrades, cerebrally-joined as poets -- but it will sour for Kerouac when Ginsberg uses his poetic voice as a political trump card.


Thursday, September 23 2010

'Still on the Road' Shines a New Light On Dylan's Lyrics

Clinton Heylin gives a fresh perspective to the enormous oeuvre that is the latter half of Dylan's career path.


Friday, September 10 2010

The Discovery of the Identity of Jack Kerouac's 'Watermelon Man'

Who was the watermelon man of Jack Kerouac's great Lowell-fantasy novel, 'Dr. Sax'?

Thursday, July 15 2010

Evolving Lifeforms: Interview with Plants and Animals' Matthew Woodley

PopMatters' Paul Maher talks to Plants and Animals own Matthew Woodley about the evolution of the band's sound and their latest release, La La Land.

Friday, May 14 2010

The Rise of the Smoke Fairies

The Smoke Fairies stake their claim with a unique eclectic blend of blues and folk, laced with soulful harmonic shiverings of emotive lyrics.

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