Anyway, he wrote some of the best, funniest most biting criticism of music ever printed. Please don't read it, or I'll look like a worthless hack by comparison. Among many other things, he contributed to perhaps the greatest radio comedy show of all time, the BBC's On the Hour, and wrote essential pieces about politics, pop culture, and his own battle with cancer for the Philadelphia Weekly. I had the pleasure of corresponding with him only a few times, but his advice and encouragement meant a lot, and I hereby dedicate every word I write this year to him. (Even the really shitty ones — sorry to embarrass you, Mr. Wells, but this is your come-uppance for all the mean things you said about poor, blameless Morrissey.)


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