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"Really funny and weird...”

--Brooks Whelan, "Saturday Night Live"

This book will get you out of your melancholia and your heart might just go Boom as well.

--Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons, Stereo Embers Magazine

"This book is literally filled with magic and the laughter it provokes hides real heart. Blending echoes of Jane Austen and Bill Shakespeare with Steve Austin and Billy Wilder, it makes an enchanted forest of LA and finds poetry in the soap opera technicolor of the Hollywood dream."

--Justin Currie (Del Amitri)


"Alex Green's The Heart Goes Boom is a total kick--a witty lark of a novel that could be summed up as The Odyssey re-imagined by the team of Dave Barry and Henry Rollins, but sweeter and crazier than that."

--Jason Warburg, author of My Heart Sings The Harmony


"A hundred wonderful images and sentences--well, many more than that. Totally hilarious and frankly moving at the same time: which is my definition of what makes a good book good, and a great book great, like this one. Alex Green's sensibility is so rare, so smart, so strong. His narrative is powerful, the characters, memorable to the point of indelibility."

--Joe DiPrisco, author of The Pope Of Brooklyn and Subway to California


“Great book. Funny, smart, good spirited and features the kind of old school bit-comedy

that makes a comic novel boil and bubble. This was the summer stunner that I didn't know would save my stupid life. I hope Green writes five more novels…”

--Jesse Michaels, author of Whispering Bodies

"Anyone who knows his music writing knows that Alex Green knows music, and in this, his first book of poems, he seems also to know how to make it.  Green’s feel for the wheel—not to mention his insistence on keeping the moving parts clean—offers the reader a usefully clarified ride through the various terrains we live in and for; a grand (but never grandiose) tour of both world and word as they give sadly beautiful rise to one another..."

--Graham Foust, author of A Mouth In California and Necessary Stranger

"I salute thee, Emergency Anthems..."

--Daniel Handler, author of Why We Broke Up and We Are Pirates

"Green's poems read like secrets, someone sharing a passion, a bias, a humiliation, a love.  They crash into your ears like the surf, and you flip the page, awaiting the next beauty, the next set of waves."

--Joshua Mohr, author of Some Things That Meant The World To Me

"Alex Green's Emergency Anthems is an impressive debut poetry collection imbued with pop culture and satire..."

--Largehearted Boy

"Emergency Anthems succeeds brilliantly in linking the personal to the political. Better, it demonstrates the way in which one’s inner experiences of alienation simultaneously derive from and contribute to a heartless society in which the best people can hope for is to survive."

--Paul Gleason, Stereo Embers

"Fantastically short short stories of a simplicity to pull you in, and a complexity to fire the imagination and leave you thinking. To say nothing of the laughs and fleeting sadnesses.

--Martine McDonagh, author of After Phoenix and I Have Waited And You Have Come

In these strange and unnerving and very funny shorts Alex Green conjures a drowning world where time moves like a moment of a thousand years and you will always be someone small on a stupid red bike."

--Marilyn Abildskov, author of The Men In My Country

 Green pulls out some pretty neat tricks. He divulges just enough about each character to make the most unique thing about them, the thing he wants you to know, stand out. Emergency Anthems uniquely portrays a Californian microcosm of life in general"

--Brandon Jordan Brown, Foxhunting

What people are saying at Goodreads...


"The books in this series are hit-or-miss and it’s really more based on the author than the subject matter. Fortunately, the author on this book (Alex Green… a guy I had never previously heard of) is really great. He’s fun to read, he actually has a solid sense of humor that had me laughing out loud a number of times (be sure to read all of his footnotes), and he does what I want out of the books in this series: He takes you back to the time and place when the album was being made (as well as the time and place in his own life when this album invaded his life) and he walks you through the story. I think this album really is one of the most special albums from the past three decades and Green proves a worthy storyteller for this timeless work of art." -- Wade

"Saw the movie - Made of Stone recently, so I finally dove into this book about the Stone Roses first album. It's a fun little read about the band, the state of British music at the time, the frailties of the music industry, the marvels of a well-crafted album that still hangs together, and a little bit of nostalgia for how it used to by mixed with some grudging empathy for what could have been." -- Geoff

"This was the kind of 33 1/3 book I tend to gravitate towards - a nice mix of music analysis, cultural context and personal reflections. Green does a nice job covering all three paths into the record, while still keeping it a tight read." -- Jon

"Definitely one of the better entries in the 33 1/3 series, Alex Green's study on The Stone Roses' self-titled debut offers rare and utterly enjoyable combination of social and political criticism, rich British musical history (namely of the brit-pop and shoegaze variety), and outright nerdy fandom. This dude loves The Stone Roses, and he has the passion, writing skills and education to back it up and make it fun to read about." -- Aaron

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