Author Archives: Patrick Wensink

About Patrick Wensink

Patrick Wensink is the author the bestselling novel "Broken Piano for President" and the essay collection, "Everything Was Great Until it Sucked." His essays have appeared in the New York Times, Oxford American, Salon and many less-reputable sources. He lives in Louisville, KY. www.patrickwensink.com

On The Hunt for Planes, Trains and…Candy-O?

Patrick Wensink goes trick-or-treating and digs up a trove of movie/musical mashups. From Arcade Fire to Candy-o Continue reading

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Two Bongs Don’t Make a Right

Patrick Wensink discovers a neighbor boy growing marijuana on his garage roof and debates the merits of today’s juvenile delinquents. Continue reading

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The Filthy Legacy of T-Model Ford

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 “If hard times and suffering qualify a man to sing the blues, then T-Model Ford can be said to be overqualified.” -Jay McInerney ~ TONIGHT, THE AFTERLIFE is getting its ass kicked; its women have been bedded and its whiskey … Continue reading

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Wilson Pickett was Buried Near the Zoo

Patrick Wensink takes his young son on a pilgrimage to the final resting place of the soul music pioneer. Continue reading

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Edward Snowden Would Make a Great Christian Rocker

Patrick Wensink finds some surprising similarities between NSA bad boy Edward Snowden and a forgotten band of Christian folk rockers. Continue reading

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The Weirdest Album to Ever go Platinum

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Breeders’ hit, Last Splash, Patrick Wensink recalls his history with that album and with avoiding Kim Deal. Continue reading

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The White Whale of Book Blurbs

Patrick Wensink Stalks the star of Man Vs. Food and dodges flying French toast all in the name of scoring the most elusive book blurb on earth. Continue reading

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of PBS Kids

Patrick Wensink’s Top 10 educational cartoons playing right now. Continue reading

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The Trouble with Rock Album “Growers”

You will probably hate this, but Patrick Wensink swears it’s a Grower. So read it. And maybe skip the Nick Cave, this time around. Continue reading

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Burt Reynolds and Jean-Luc Godard: Blood Brothers?

Could Smokey and the Bandit II be a lost avant garde classic? Patrick Wensink compares it scene for scene with Godard’s Weekend and finds surprising similarities. Continue reading

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Power Trio: 3 Great Songs from Ohio

Hello, Cleveland! Patrick Wensink does the Buckeye State proud. Times three. Continue reading

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