Never Mind the Pollacks Neal Pollack is dead. And Neal Pollack killed him, but probably just for now. This time, the author's fictional namesake surfaces as a dead rock… 2003-09-30 Fiction
Book Review

Never Mind The Pollacks (2003)

Details Release Date: Sep 30, 2003; Writer: Neal Pollack; Genre: Fiction

Neal Pollack is dead. And Neal Pollack killed him, but probably just for now. This time, the author's fictional namesake surfaces as a dead rock critic -- or, as his pompous rival-turned-biographer Paul St. Pierre calls him, ''the living, breathing essence of America's music, its dark Baudelaire Rimbaud genius, its Celine, its Brecht.'' Pollack the character has a Zelig-like (or is it Forrest Gump-y?) knack for showing up for great moments in rock -- and a talent for getting kicked in the teeth once they happen. Conduit or parasite, he's a handy delivery system for Pollack the author's brief history of modern music. This lively but mortally attenuated in-joke will likely be lost on all but the most scholarly of music geeks.

Originally posted Oct 03, 2003 Published in issue #731 Oct 03, 2003 Order article reprints
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