CULLMAN HAS WRITTEN FOR THE PARIS REVIEW, ANTAEUS, CREEM, DETAILS, ROLLING STONE, THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, THE VILLAGE VOICE, AND VOGUE, AMONG OTHERS.

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THE PARIS REVIEW

In Memorian
PETTY IN THE MORNING

October 3, 2017
by Brian Cullman

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Back when my son Harry was little, I’d take him out early in the morning, usually with Miss Otis in tow, and walk over to Les Deux Gamins. One of those mornings, I got there around eight. They were still setting up inside, but the morning was mild, must have been early October, and I sat at one of the four or five outside tables. Noel, the Moroccan waitress, brought me coffee in a bowl and brought Miss Otis a similar bowl half filled with water. She looked at it with a mix of droit du seigneur and disdain. As if she were thinking both, Mine! and What the fuck do I care? Pugs have that look down solid.

Tom Petty walked by and stopped to take in the café. He was with a pretty blonde woman, not a girl, a woman who looked like she’d done some heavy lifting. She was in a T-shirt and loose cardigan, but he was wrapped up in a navy peacoat, hands in his pockets. Anything below seventy degrees was probably winter to him.

They sat down at a nearby table. He took out a pack of cigarettes, then looked at the woman he was with, shrugged, and put it back in his pocket. Instead he pulled out an old Walkman and set it down on the table along with some cheap headphones and a couple of cassettes.

Miss Otis began to snore. Petty looked down and shook his head.

“That,” he said, “is not a dog.” He pronounced it dawg. His voice was mentholated. He shook his head again, and his blond hair swung back and forth like he was a Breck Girl. Miss Otis kept snoring. Petty smirked a little, then disappeared under the headphones and lit the cigarette from before.


PHOTO BY DAVID PUTHENRY, 1985.

PHOTO BY DAVID PUTHENRY, 1985.

THE PARIS REVIEW

First Person
AT EISENBERG’S SANDWICH SHOP

August 25, 2017
by Brian Cullman

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© Universal City Studios, 1979.

© Universal City Studios, 1979.

THE PARIS REVIEW

First Person
SAM SHEPARD

August 3, 2017
by Brian Cullman

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THE PARIS REVIEW

First Person
VOYAGE IN THE DARK

July 21, 2017
by Brian Cullman

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Photo: Dan McCoy, NARA, 1973.

Photo: Dan McCoy, NARA, 1973.

THE PARIS REVIEW

First Person
STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING

June 27, 2017
by Brian Cullman

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FROM THE COVER OF NONESUCH’S REISSUE OF MUSIC FROM THE MORNING OF THE WORLD.

FROM THE COVER OF NONESUCH’S REISSUE OF MUSIC FROM THE MORNING OF THE WORLD.

THE PARIS REVIEW

In Memoriam
DAVID LEWISTON, 1929–2017

May 30, 2017
by Brian Cullman

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A postcard of Albania, ca. 1910.

A postcard of Albania, ca. 1910.

THE PARIS REVIEW

First Person
MY ALBANIA

May 24, 2017
by Brian Cullman

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THE PARIS REVIEW

First Person
LOSING

April 26, 2017
by Brian Cullman

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Valais, Switzerland, as depicted in the University of the New World’s Winter 1971-72 General Bulletin

Valais, Switzerland, as depicted in the University of the New World’s Winter 1971-72 General Bulletin

THE PARIS REVIEW

On Music
MR. BERRY AND MRS. BLAVATSKY

March 21, 2017
by Brian Cullman

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Valais, Switzerland, as depicted in the University of the New World’s Winter 1971-72 General Bulletin

Valais, Switzerland, as depicted in the University of the New World’s Winter 1971-72 General Bulletin

THE PARIS REVIEW

First Person
FLOWERS FOR HITLER

October 19, 2016
by Brian Cullman

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Giorgio Gomelsky.

Giorgio Gomelsky.

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First Person
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS

January 14, 2016
by Brian Cullman

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George Martin, 1926–2016.

George Martin, 1926–2016.

THE PARIS REVIEW

In Memoriam
YOU CAN STILL HEAR IT

March 14, 2016
by Brian Cullman

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Willard Cummings, Barracks Concert (detail), ca. 1942.

Willard Cummings, Barracks Concert (detail), ca. 1942.

THE PARIS REVIEW

First Person
WHAT ARE SONGS FOR

March 20, 2015
by Brian Cullman

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From a fifties-era Pan Am ad.

From a fifties-era Pan Am ad.

 

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First Person
THE GORDON

August 24, 2015
by Brian Cullman

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Photo: Morven, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Morven, via Wikimedia Commons

 

THE PARIS REVIEW

First Person
A NEW YEAR'S DRIVE

January 11, 2014
by Brian Cullman

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The Jaymetts Record

The Jaymetts Record


THE PARIS REVIEW

In Memoriam
SIT AND CRY WITH THE DOOR CLOSED

October 28, 2013
by Brian Cullman

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Tom Forcade, Mayer Vishner, Abbie Hoffman, 1971.

Tom Forcade, Mayer Vishner, Abbie Hoffman, 1971.

THE PARIS REVIEW

In Memoriam
FIFTH BUSINESS

September 11, 2013
by Brian Cullman

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THE PARIS REVIEW

On Music
THINGS BEHIND THE SUN

December 27, 2012
by Brian Cullman

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THE PARIS REVIEW

On Music
FREEDOM AND LIGHT

December 17, 2012
by Brian Cullman

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THE PARIS REVIEW

On Music
HELPLESS: ON THE POETRY OF NEIL YOUNG

October 23, 2012
by Brian Cullman

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ROOTSWORLD

HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN

February, 2016
by Brian Cullman

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