ROBERT LEVIN is the author of When Pacino’s Hot, I’m Hot: A Miscellany of Stories and Commentary, The Drill Press, Against Mental Health: Short Stories, Cyberwit, and A Robert Levin Reader: Fiction • Commentary • Jazz, Cyberwit. He is also the coauthor and coeditor, respectively, of two collections of essays about jazz and rock in the ’60s: Music & Politics (with John Sinclair), World Publishing, and Giants of Black Music (with Pauline Rivelli), Da Capo Press. A former contributor to the Village Voice, Rolling Stone and Cavalier, his fiction and more recent essays have, among numerous other places, appeared in or on the websites of Absinthe Literary Review, Across the Margin, All About Jazz, Best of Nuvein Fiction, Cosmoetica, Eyeshot, Facsimilation, Konch Magazine, New Cross-Fucked Musings on a Manic Reality, New York Daily News, New York Review, Sweet Fancy Moses, The New York Times, Underground Voices, Unlikely Stories of the Third Kind, Woodstock Times and the Word Riot 2003 Anthology.

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Writings & Miscellaneous

Books by Robert Levin

When Pacino’s Hot, I’m Hot
The Drill Press LLC


Against Mental Health: Short Stories


“Some real gold in here.”—B.D. Charles

“A writer of talent and intelligence.” — Irving Louis Horowitz

“Distinguished quality…profound emotion.” —Dr. Karunesh Kumar Agrawal


CybernetA Robert Levin Reader

Fiction • Commentary • Jazz


“5 Stars. An eclectic mix of short fiction and commentary by a man who is clearly a born writer, this volume will make you an instant fan. Levin uses irreverent humor, but his work can also be poignant and sweet. I was easily hooked by the opening story, “When Pacino’s Hot, I’m Hot”…Levin’s writing made this [unusual] story work. And after that and onto the next selections, you realize Levin has more than one style and perspective. He takes you on clever imaginative journeys that make you blush, laugh, or smile… He has the provocative blue humor of a stand-up comedian. But fiction only scratches the surface of what Levin writes. He also writes about political and social issues and about jazz. If you’re looking for attitude, funny lines, cringe-worthy moments and pathos don’t pass up “A Robert Levin Reader” by Robert Levin.” —Excerpt from Tammy Ruggles review on Readers’ Favorite.


“5 Stars

Highly enjoyable, clever and wholly original, A Robert Levin Reader proves a fine read with its eclectic combination of short stories, cutting commentary and dialogues on Jazz.

One of the criticisms often levelled at short story anthologies is that it’s hard to lose oneself in the succinctness of such short works, but Levin easily turns brevity to his advantage and the enjoyment of his readers.

Avoiding the pitfalls of flat and prescriptive dialogue, he confidently captures the essence of his characters which in turn makes unfolding events all the more poignant. With taut prose he’s mastered the art of expanding upon a given moment, holding his characters and events up to scrutiny then moving on. There’s no wanton dallying, each of his stories punches above its word count without being overstated and there’s a powerful sense of familiarity to each one.

But Levin gives us much more than 13 short stories and with commentaries like Everything’s Alright In The Middle East, Proving God By Consensus and Why Utopia Will Forever Elude us we are granted a unique perspective on an extraordinary mind.

“I don’t know what man-made horrors await the planet in the coming years. I do know they’ll be impervious to history and abundant and that the unacceptability of death will be at their root,” is how Levin ends his latter commentary with each of his commentaries sure to elicit serious reflection.

Finally, Levin turns his thoughts to Jazz. Unapologetically blunt with plenty of vintage material on which to draw he has wonderful behind the scenes tales to share. Not only recalling events and feelings but delivering them in a tone and voice that is engaging and rich with detail.

An all-round superb read from an intellectually cutting mind A Robert Levin Reader is recommended without reservation.” —Book Viral



Music & Politics
by John Sinclair and Robert Levin
World Publishing

“Robert Levin’s articles…make up the second half of Music and Politics, and they’re something else again. He’s a quietly briliant writer (not flashy but subtly dazzling) who knows jazz extremely well and who knows how to let us know what he knows. His piece on Sunny Murray says more about the birth of the New Jazz than most writers could say in a volume; the Anthony Braxton interview is one of the freshest, most reassuring articles on the future of music (of the arts in general) that I’ve read; his ‘found critique’ of ‘Space’ by the MJQ, which contrasts Murray’s thoughts on music at the White House with President Nixon’s introduction of the MJQ in that very place, is brilliant; his piece on the unfortunate evolution of Willis Jackson…is a minor masterpiece; and he’s lucid and painful and thoroughly correct when he writes that ‘What is meant by ‘every man has his price’ is that every man has his uncertainty about the validity and sanity of his perception of the truth. To ‘sell out’ is to capitulate to that uncertainty.'”
—Colman Andrews, Creem


Giants of Black Music
Edited by Pauline Rivelli and Robert Levin, with a foreword by Nat Hentoff
Da Capo Press