Evan Allgood

Evan Allgood's work has appeared in McSweeney's, The Millions, LA Review of Books, The Toast, and The Billfold. He lives in Brooklyn and contributes regularly to Paste. Follow and maybe later unfollow him on Twitter @evoooooooooooo.
The Weather

Cool Front

Sometimes my mohawk makes me feel cool, and I behave accordingly. My mohawk and I had about an hour to kill at the Atlanta airport Thursday night, so we took a seat at the bar of…

The Weather

Margarita for Two

I awoke this morning the way I awake most mornings: with a hard-on for cereal. Only to find a battalion of black ants laying siege to my golden tower of Honey Nut Cheerios, the tall box…

The Millay Diary

Pilot

In April 2012, Evan Allgood completed a twenty-five-day residency at the Millay Colony for Artists in Austerlitz, NY. Allgood kept a diary for the duration of his stay, and after months of prodding from Trop editor-in-chief…

The Weather

Silver Linings to Climate Change

Kids dancing in open fire hydrant make for great photo op. Miami Heat now have globally insensitive nickname, are that much easier to hate. Power outages force Millennials to interact with each other face to face,…

The Weather

Dinner for One

It may not surprise you to learn that it was hot in Atlanta last Saturday. But when I stepped into the hardwood, easy-to-love Book House Pub around eight that night, I saw that the bar and…

The Weather

Retreat

Donatello is not the sexiest Ninja Turtle. I realize that now. But as kids, when my three siblings and I would become our favorite characters—when the cartoons came on, or the toys were in hand, or…

Books

Trop Quiz: James vs. James

James Franco has a wide range of literary experience. In 2010 he played Allen Ginsberg in the film Howl, received an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia, and released Palo Alto, a collection of short stories.…

Books

Blurb Test: Ben Ehrenreich

With Blurb Test, we evaluate not a book but a blurb—one of the overabundant praise-nuggets publishers drop to try and entice consumers. Blurb habitats include book jackets, author and publisher homepages, and retail sites like Amazon. Often…

The Weather

Have You Heard?

My dad, a retired fighter pilot, needed hearing aids for a while before he actually got them. It had reached a tragicomic point: we could no longer tell if he was actually mishearing us, or pretending…

The Weather

Weather. Or not.

Five years ago, whenever a friend asked me why I’d given up on LA, it was obvious where the clichés ended and an actual opinion began: I hated the people, the prices, the traffic, the weather—…

Interviews

Rebecca Makkai

It was so perfect, it felt written: my used copy of Rebecca Makkai’s charming debut novel turned out to be a laminated library one, wearing a sticker (F for Fiction; below that: MAKKAI, R) on the…

The Weather

Mercury Schmercury

You can tell the outdoor temperature by counting how many windows I’ve opened in my studio here at the Millay Colony. I have five windows, all screened, which—coupled with my room’s extensive book collection, which includes…

Pop Culture

The Roots Keep Growing

Concept albums are notoriously tough to pull off, but with the Roots’ eleventh album Undun, the legendary crew has triumphed, using a boatload of artists and instruments to craft a focused, sonically surprising, socially-relevant tragedy more…

The Weather

New Material

“Is it still snowing out there?” Sharon Van Etten asked a bundled up, sold out crowd at the Black Cat in Washington, DC. “Yes!” they shouted, some bitter, some excited. “Man,” she said, tuning her guitar.…