As I explain (or should that be confess?) in the preface to “Losering,” I’ve written about Ryan in a whole bunch of places over the years — on everything from slick magazine paper to electrons. But before this book, most of it ran in Raleigh’s daily newspaper, the News & Observer, where I’ve been working for nearly 22 years (!).
I went to work there in January 1991; started the same week the first Gulf War began, in fact. And the gig has changed a good bit since then because nowadays I’m as likely to be interviewing a bug expert as reviewing music. Still, my job at the N&O is a big reason why I wound up in Ryan’s vicinity when I did. So it seems fitting that an excerpt from the book appear in the pages of the paper. It’s in the Sunday paper today, accompanied by a Q&A interview. You’ll find both linked from here.