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Vine Leaves Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.73 inches | 0.68 pounds
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About the Author
Brendan Gillen is an Emmy-winning writer living in Brooklyn. His fiction has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and his debut chapbook, I've Given This a Lot of Thought, was published in 2022. As a partner and writer/director at Boomshot, Brendan has developed content for ESPN, FanDuel, Condé Nast, Fox Sports, BBC, the U.S. Open, Resy, Anheuser-Busch and others. His work has received attention in the New York Times, Mashable, the Washington Post, USA Today's "For the Win,", the Huffington Post and, among others. He earned a Sports Emmy for his work on the campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on ESPN. Visit:

"Static is a deep dive into the dark web of the American way of success and failure, and the unforgiving scream of the music of chance." Salar Abdoh, author of A Nearby Country Called Love

"Static reverberates with the drumbeat of why we make art. It perfectly captures that moment in life between youthful hopefulness, where our dreams seem inevitable, and the urgency and pressure of age, where we must decide whether to seize our passions or let them be snuffed out like a burnt cigarette. Brendan Gillen's funny, witty, and energetic prose will hook you like a beautiful, catchy song that you'll be humming for days." Will Musgrove, author of Asphalt Dreaming

"Static is a heartfelt, moving debut about the downtown New York music scene, brimming with wasted talent, floundering ambition, broken hearts, and betrayals-and wonderfully redeemed by the possibility of second chances." Elizabeth Gaffney, author of Metropolis

"Static is a dizzying journey through the life of a young musician who will do anything to prove the worthiness of their misunderstood pursuit of passion. Music pops out of every page in multi-sensory detail - the warm crackle of a needle on vinyl, the sweat of a crowd, the vibration of strings, the digitized reanimation of a sample, and the cacophonous ambient symphony of New York City. Beneath the vibrant soundtrack is an old song familiar to any aspirational artist: feelings of delusion, jealousy, determination and desperation coalescing into a motivational force, leading the characters to the human connection of songwriting and performing that make it all worthwhile. Static examines what it means to be an artist, and the impact such an impossible pursuit has on an individual's relationships and livelihood in an unforgiving America. It'll leave you nodding your head in lockstep with its irresistible beat, pleading for Gillen's inevitable encore." Will Hagle, author of Madvillain's Madvillainy

"A generation ago, Nick Hornby showed us that a record store can be the perfect backdrop for a novel about the twisted path to growing up. So why haven't more people paid attention since then? Luckily, Brendan Gillen has, and the result is Static, a High Fidelity for our millennium. The tunes, as they always do, have changed-but Gillen's Paul is a familiar protagonist in the best sense. Fascinating and smack-your forehead frustrating in equal measure, his love of music is the North Star that drives him-and this book-toward its rollicking, satisfying conclusion. If you've ever flipped through a stack of vinyl, debated a playlist, or just been overcome by the sound of that one killer song, Static is your kind of story." Dan LeRoy, author of Dancing to the Drum Machine: How Electronic Percussion Conquered the World