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Give the Gift of 'Columbine' + IO Radio

Adrien Begrand over at Decibel Magazine's "Sucker for Punishment" blog included The Columbine Effect in his metalhead gift guide, and gave it a pretty sweet writeup. He calls it "Easily the most thoughtful book I’ve seen about heavy metal/youth culture this year." 

Last night, I chatted with Invisible Oranges editor Scab Casserole on East Village Radio about the book, told stories and aired a number of metal songs that were scapegoated in the 1980s and 1990s for allegedly leading people into suicide or violence. It was a great conversation, and if you missed it, you can catch up (and see the playlist) here

On Sunday, I did a lengthy interview with the folks at the Mystical Positivist (on KOWS Radio) about paganism, teens, stereotypes and spirituality. That's now online here.


Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Columbine Effect by Beth Winegarner

The Columbine Effect

by Beth Winegarner

Giveaway ends November 15, 2013.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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New interviews, FOTN, & court tips

On Friday, the folks at the Armstrong & Getty radio show interviewed me during one of their morning segments about my new book, The Columbine Effect. If you missed hearing it live, you can check out my interview towards the last 10 minutes of this clip. I also appeared on KSRO's morning news program on Oct. 15; I wish it was archived online. Still, it was a fun interview. 

Today, I have a new piece up on PopMatters celebrating Fields of the Nephilim's self-titled "brown album" on its 25th birthday. In it, I interview some unexpected musicians who were inspired by the band and this album, including Watain, Horseback and Katatonia. 

Also, earlier this month, I published a new piece with Poynter called "6 tips for reporters tracking state legal cases." Check it out!


Announcing "The Columbine Effect"

My new book, "The Columbine Effect: How five teen pastimes got caught in the crossfire and why teens are taking them back," will be out in early December. You can find out more about the book, watch the trailer, see blurbs, and download a sample chapter at my Columbine Effect page.

I'll be holding a book launch and reading at Bird & Beckett bookstore in San Francisco on Monday, January 13, 2014, at 7 p.m. Please come!


Offensive Music, Ethics, and ... Breastfeeding?

PopMatters editor and columnist Craig Hayes recently wrote an insightful column on the darkest aspects of heavy metal -- and the ethical choices fans make to listen or not listen -- called A Very Dirty Lens: How Can We Listen to Offensive Metal?, which includes some quotes and comments from me as well as several other prominent metal writers. Click on through to read the whole thing. 

Also, I wrote a guest blog over at Doula Trainings International about Have Milk, Will Travel that includes an excerpt from my essay.

As a warning, there is content in both of these links that might not be safe for work!


Me on Ronn Owens About the Navy Yard Shootings

This morning, KGO Radio morning host Ronn Owens devoted an hour to the topic of Washington DC navy yard shooter Aaron Alexis and his purported "obsession" with Call of Duty. His producer invited me to be on the show, which you can listen to here. I come in at about the 19:50 mark, but the whole hour is worth hearing. And for more from me about this tragic event, please check out today's post on the Backward Messages blog. 


Have Milk: Out Now!

Have Milk, Will Travel: Adventures in Breastfeeding, edited by Rachel Epp Buller and including my essay "Undignified Positions," is out now and available for sale in all bookstores. You can read more about it at the Demeter Press site or order a copy on Amazon. Enjoy!


Have Milk, Will Travel

I'm happy to announce that an essay I wrote, called "Undignified Positions," will be included in the anthology Have Milk, Will Travel: Comic Adventures in Breastfeeding, due next month from Demeter Press in Toronto. This was a long time in coming; I wrote the essay three years ago, and the editor struggled mightily to find a home and a publisher for this incredible book. 

Here's the text from the press release: 

Have Milk, Will Travel: Comic Adventures in Breastfeeding reveals the lighter side of nursing and throws a lifeline of humor to mothers in the thick of lactation. Knowing that other mothers nurse in crazy places, go to extreme lengths to regulate milk supply, or unwittingly pump breast milk while on the radio, readers can be assured that they are not alone in having lost all modesty and that, in fact, they may be doing better than most. Have Milk, Will Travel collects thirty stories, by both established and emerging writers, that highlight in embarrassing detail the trials, tribulations, and laugh-out-loud turbulence of life as the one-stop milk shop.

I'm hoping to help organize and/or participate in a local event in connection with the launch of the book. If and when that happens, I'll post it here. I'll also post links where you can buy the book when I have them. 



New @ IO: Locrian review, Egypt arrests

Last week, Invisible Oranges published two new pieces I wrote, a brief review of Locrian's new album Return to Annihilation and an article detailing the wrongful arrest and detainment of six Cairo metalheads. I was lucky enough to interview several of the youths who were detained, as well as their friends and attorneys, for this frustrating and difficult story. 

When the guards put Safy in his cell, that’s when reality set in. “I felt like I should accept my fate, and began to get used to the jail, as it’s my home,” he says. “I know that they are great liars, and they know how to put you in a place no one can reach you.”


Privacy Tips for Journalists

This week, I wrote a new piece for Poynter called "6 ways journalists can keep their reporting materials private & off-the-record," in response to recent investigations of journalists who were reporting on sensitive information, including leaks. It covers both old-school and high-tech options. You can read the whole article here