The virtue of fanaticism
In his new memoir, Steve Almond—author of Candyfreak and self-proclaimed “DF” (Drooling Fanatic)—gives a humorous, heartfelt look at what life is like for those of us hopelessly enraptured with rock ‘n’ roll.
Not a new story, but he tells it well. As a young writer plagued by self-doubt, Almond reveled in the emotional escape of music; the joy of his fanaticism is conveyed poignantly—and so completely—that we’re infected with his touted salvation too.
With well-placed “interludes” or “reluctant exegeses,” Almond peppers his pages with biting insights and funny vignettes; dismissing, for instance, Toto’s “Africa” as “...the lovechild of Muzak and Imperialism.”
Though the language feels a bit highbrow, Almond ultimately crafts a playful and intelligent read. There’s a sense of real joy and humanity here that will resonate with other DFs, or anyone who loves one.