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“People are getting bored of rock shows,” Paul Maziar (pictured), author of the new book “What It Is: What It Is,” told GO Brooklyn. “I’m excited by the idea of having a show be someplace where different mediums are represented. A variety show is what I’ve envisioned.”

And that’s exactly what he got on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Sound Fix Lounge in Williamsburg for his book party. The book, a collection of Maziar’s poetry and prose and images created by Matt Maust (bassist in The Cold War Kids rock band), had been two years in the making, and was inspired by rock ’n’ roll tomes like Greil Marcus’s “Lipstick Traces.” And adding to the variety of the evening, Chase Pagan and Matty Charles performed live music while poet Derrick Brown read from his own work.

“I don’t know if it’s some type of panic disorder, but something in my chemical makeup causes me to see things in a specific way,” said Maziar, a Williamsburg resident. So, the book is, “my perception of the world, my surroundings and my life.”

“What It Is: What It Is” ($15, Write Bloody Publishing) is available at

Updated 4:01 pm, November 10, 2010
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