From The Desk Of Rhett Miller: “The Passage”

Rhett Miller cut his teeth with the alt-country Old 97’s, but years before the band released Too Far To Care, the catchiest and most compelling distillation of its cow-punk-meets-Brit-Invasion template, Miller put out his own little-heard first solo album, Mythologies. Now 2,800 miles from Dallas, where he got his start, Miller is a family man and has released his fifth studio album, The Dreamer. On all counts, the LP marks a return to basics for Miller after three studio albums that toned down the twang, ratcheted up the pop smarts and layered on the studio frills. Miller will be guest editing all week. Read our recent feature on him.

Miller: The Passage, a novel by Justin Cronin that came out in 2010, is one of the creepiest books I’ve ever read. Apocalypse made so believable you wonder not if but when we will fall victim to the nightmare virus Cronin has envisioned. The idea to write the book apparently came to Cronin when his daughter asked for a book wherein “a girl saves the world.” It’s long, which is a good thing because you want it to go on and on. Fortunately, The Passage is the first installment of a trilogy. If you wonder why I’m not returning your call this September, I’ll be locked in a dark room, scaring myself silly.

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