So I'm in vacay with family in Dublin and pick up the local arts section...and Richmond Fontaine is in town, playing that night!!! So what, you say? Well, first, they're a great band, but more important, the lead singer, Willy Vlautin, is a novelist. In fact, I LOVE his debut novel coming in paper in April: MOTEL LIFE. It is like a Coen Bros. movie in prose - dark, funny, beautiful, sad as hell but ultimately redeeming. Do NOT miss the band or the book!