Author Archives: Patrick Wensink

About Patrick Wensink

Patrick Wensink (@patrickwensink) is the author of 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.

The Sunny Side of Selling Out

Patrick Wensink goes deep into the heart of the Sub Pop catalog and surfaces with a pearl. Plus, Ohio. Continue reading

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White Magic

Cocaine as matchmaker? Patrick Wensink (note not Patrick Bateman) considers the odds. Continue reading

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He Has a Glamour Shots Coupon

Patrick Wensink seeks answers to one of life’s deep problems. Why does he dress like his son? And what does it mean? Continue reading

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Music For Maniacs

Patrick Wensink explores how the obscure, scuzzy garage rockers, Coachwhips, became the perfect band for George W. Bush’s 2003 Continue reading

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When Portis Met Salinger

Patrick Wensink stalks the world’s most reclusive authors. Charles Portis, meet Jerry Salinger. Continue reading

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The Surprising Legacy of Choose Your Own Adventure Books

How Choose Your Own Adventure books have shaped current culture. Patrick Wensink uncovers multiple endings. Continue reading

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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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