Joannie Penderwick writes about music (rock), mental illness (schizophrenia), and culture (the whole sparkly swamp).
Her writing appears in PopMatters, Forge, Slackjaw, Classic Rock Review, Modern Rock Review, and The Startup, among other publications.
At the moment her favorite songs are “Someday Baby” by R.L. Burnside, “Consoler of the Lonely” by the Raconteurs, and the Butthole Surfers’ cover of “Summer in the City.” Her favorite album is always The Madcap Laughs by Syd Barrett.
In books, she likes memoirs and epic Dickensian tragicomedies. So, John Irving.
Here’s her all-time favorite quote: “Don’t ask me why I obsessively look to rock ‘n’ roll bands for some kind of model for a better society. I guess it’s just that I glimpsed something beautiful in a flashbulb moment once, and perhaps mistaking it for prophecy have been seeking its fulfillment ever since.”
– Lester Bangs
Here’s her second: “What in the wide world of fuck are you wearing?”
– Selina Meyer, VEEP
Some of Her Stuff
“The New Old Flower-Power Fantasy of Greta Van Fleet” (PopMatters)
“How to Talk to Someone With a Mental Illness” (Forge)
“Exclusive Norwich Airstream for Rent” (Slackjaw)
“This Is Not the Whole Story” (The Startup)
“The Complete Butthole’s Guide to Balance” (Medium)
Read her essays on Medium: medium.com/@joanniependerwick
Email her: firstname.lastname@example.org