JOSEPH RIIPPI is the author of the novel Do Something! Do Something! Do Something! (Ampersand Books, 2009). New writing can or will be found in Ep;phany, The Bitter Oleander, KNOCK, La Petite Zine, PANK, and others. He lives in New York, where he is finishing his MFA.
Five years ago, I tried to kill myself. At least I think I did. I was very drunk; I had taken a lot of pills.
The promo for Ryan Adams 2004 record Rock N Roll arrived manila-enveloped in the college radio station P.O. Box. Immediately, a friend called Jensen and I took it to the coffee shop where we both worked and let it play start to finish on the employees-only back porch.
"The search for truth can never stop. It cannot be adjourned, it cannot be postponed. It has to be faced, right there, on the spot.Harold Pinter in his Nobel Lecture