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The Writers


The guys who make this stuff up

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The Writers


The guys who make this stuff up

 
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Cam Bell


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Cam Bell


Cam Bell is a middle-aged Gotham City resident who has published hundreds of articles and edited a score of books, none of which are relevant to this blog. A native of the Deep South, of which Bell recalls mosquitos and magnolia trees in equal portions, he grew up on Jackson 5 and hand-me-down Beatles singles, followed soon thereafter by At Fillmore East. Bell purchased his first copy of Creem in July 1976. He has no pets. He has a birthmark shaped like the state of Louisiana on his upper right thigh. He first listened to Two Virgins in December 2013, on an eight-track cassette player.

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Jason Gubbels


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Jason Gubbels


Jason Gubbels is the Pop + World Editor for Rhapsody and a contributing freelance reviewer for SPIN. He also maintains the culture/arts/politics tumblr Cerebral Decanting. His column "Listening Notes, Ultra-Brief" appears each Wednesday at Odyshape. He does not actually resemble Hugo Ball.

Gubbels once managed to earn a master's degree in Library & Information Science. He hails from Wisconsin, has lived in Upstate New York and San Diego, and currently resides in the leafy suburb of Lake Bluff, IL with his wife and very young son. His son's favorite song so far this year is DJ Snake & Lil Jon's "Turn Down For What".

      

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Nicky Heisenberg


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Nicky Heisenberg


Beneath the rollicking irony of a recluse's class photo (and behind needlessly convoluted sentences full of parenthetical clauses) lurks a real man with a real name. In truth, he'd like to meet you. But this man's grad program officially frowns on private enterprise because, uh, you know... Marx. 

So you're left with Nicky Heisenberg - the falsely-named junior member of this outfit. All of his interests are fiercely held, and range in character from his toy poodle to Lefty Frizzell. Should his prose move you to action, consider mailing him a Chipotle gift card.

Like the first Heisenberg, the value of Nicky's work is categorically uncertain. 

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Michael Tatum


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Michael Tatum


The most strait-laced of the Odyshape staff, Michael Tatum has done his best to fritter away his expensive college education. After being fired from his internship at Time/Life, where he spent most of his time/life in a dark supply closet collating bar tab receipts for his boss’ tax returns, he drifted through a procession of hapless retail jobs before he became the charming and urbane author of “A Downloader's Diary." He lives by the Flaubertian dictum “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work," which is how he rationalizes being stuck in the southern California suburbs. He loves Thai food, his neighbor’s cats, his collection of vintage thesauri, the Left Banke’s “Pretty Ballerina,” and his wife.