Kyle Decker's Blog, Review

Virtual Conversation w/ Jim Ruland, Daniel Weizmann, and Kyle Decker (hosted by Jeremy Kitchen)

Hosted by Jeremy Kitchen. Chicago Public Librarian and author of Mr Crabby, You Have Died.…/mr-crabb….

Jim Ruland is the author of the LA Times bestseller Corporate Rock Sucks: The Rise & Fall of SST Records, the award-winning novel Forest of Fortune and the short story collection Big Lonesome. He is the co-author of Do What You Want with Bad Religion, My Damage with Keith Morris, founding member of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and OFF!, and Giving the Finger with Scott Campbell, Jr. of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. Jim writes about punk and pop culture for Razorcake — America’s only non-profit independent music zine. He also writes book reviews and author profiles for the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Jim’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Believer, Electric Literature, Esquire, Granta, and Oxford American, and has received awards from Reader’s Digest and the National Endowment for the Arts. Jim is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and has worked for advertising agencies, entertainment enterprises, and the gaming industry. He is available for copywriting, ghostwriting, editing, and consultation. He lives in Southern California and is an avid enthusiast of punk rock music, tattoo culture, and strong coffee.
Make it Stop:…

Daniel Weizmann’s fiction, humor, and pop culture rants have appeared in the LA Times, UK Guardian, Mojo, AP Newswire, Jewish Journal, Billboard, L.A. Reader, and California Magazine, as well several books including Too Cool, Hardcore California, Turn Up the Radio!, and Drinking with Bukowski. His debut mystery novel, The Last Songbird, is slated to be published by Melville House in Spring ‘23. The son of a Moroccan sailor and a beatnik from Brighton Beach, Daniel Weizmann grew up the youngest in a big household where seven languages were spoken on the daily. By the age of ten, he had begun writing in earnest, receiving early praise and encouragement from playwright Miguel Piñero. With his bar mitzvah money, Daniel started the early L.A. punk fanzine Rag in Chains under the nom de plume Shredder and was quickly enlisted by legendary Flipside Fanzine as well as the L.A. Weekly. His freewheeling autobiographical column “High School Confidential” became a citywide hit, and by 16, he was reading and performing throughout Southern California alongside Wanda Coleman, Holly Hunter, Henry Rollins, Beck, and others. He went on to release two award-winning spoken word CDs produced by Harvey Kubernik for the SST/New Alliance label. Daniel is the as-told-to for DeeDee Ramone’s autobio Lobotomy as well as the editor of Timothy Leary’s last collection, The Delicious Grace of Moving One’s Hand. He’s also the author of several volumes of Price Stern Sloan’s Mad Libs, editor of RL Stine’s Fear Street series, and was once the judge for a “Write Like Ellroy” contest at Vintage Crime / Black Lizard. An avid lyric fan, he’s written for everyone from Def Jam rappers to folk singers to standup comics, and even penned the songs for an original revue performed on 42nd Street.
The Last Songbird:…..

Kyle Decker is a Chicago-based author, educator, and punk vocalist. Kyle is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, IA where he majored in writing. He also holds a Master’s of Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. From 2013 to 2018 he lived in Daegu, South Korea where he worked as an English teacher, DIY concert promoter, headed the local chapter of Liberty in North Korea, fronted the punk band Food for Worms, and was a frequent contributor to bROKe in Korea, Angle Magazine, and The Daegu Compass. His work has also appeared in The Korea Times. His fiction work has appeared in The Molotov Cocktail, Mystery Magazine, Hyphen-Punk, and Mystery Tribune. He self-published his novella, Cannon Fodder (or The Secret Lives of Henchmen) in 2013. And his debut novel This Rancid Mill was released by PM Press in April 2023. He currently teaches high school special education and English as a second language and fronts the modern iteration of the punk band Bad Chemicals, the band from This Rancid Mill.