Saturday, August 30, 2008

Having Won the Lottery, James Becomes an Epicurean

Over at Thieves Jargon, you can find a story of mine, "Having Won the Lottery, James Becomes an Epicurean". If you've read my work, don't care for it, and decline to read more, check out an awesome story by Matt Bell at the same journal. Now get off my back.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Hills Like White Elephants: P. Terrence McGovern

"She plays with it alone, sitting on a yoga mat on the hardwood floor, typing furiously with her thumbs, peck, peck, like two tireless chicken heads. She is typing on it now."
from "The Gadget" by P. Terrence McGovern

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hail Vulgar Juice of Never-Fading Pine

The good people at Juked just put up a story of mine, "Hail Vulgar Juice of Never-Fading Pine" which is part of series of flash fictions that I'm working on with a group of writers known formally as the Kitchen Sinkhole Collective and informally as the guys with whom I play fantasy baseball.
At the Juked homepage, I'm currently sharing space with stories by Claudia Smith (good lord, she's awesome) and Paul Griner (who wrote a collection of stories called Follow Me, that I kind of went nuts over when I was in college). I guess what I'm saying is: my proximity to these good stories makes me a lot more attractive to you, doesn't it?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Hills Like White Elephants: Amanda Nazario

"She leaned back and told him she was going back to Philly tomorrow, and that Pennsylvania was shaped like a pound cake. Hugging her tight, he disagreed--he said Pennsylvania was shaped like a razor blade. "

from "United States" by Amanda Nazario

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

KHN Center for the Arts

I'm in Nebraska. Nebraska City. It's nice. I'm at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, a residency for writers and artists and composers. I was here a few years ago and got a ton of work done and then, one week into the residency, my computer went bad and I lost everything. Then I went crazy. Now I'm back and glad to get back to work on the novel, though I have to work hard to resist the urge to spend the entire time sleeping into the afternoon and then reading The Adventures of Dr. McNinja. We'll see how it goes.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hills Like White Elephants: Blake Butler

"When the TV finally came back, the news stations had such backlog they began to list the names of the dead between commercials like the credits to some movie we wished we'd never seen."

"Dots of speckled paper like weird moths."

"Shards like weird birds."

"...long squirts like blue liquid pyramids descending on the yard."

"...geese like disco balls..."

from "The Many Forms of Rain ___ Sent Upon Us in Those Days Before The Last Days" by Blake Butler

Thursday, August 7, 2008


The fourth issue of Keyhole Magazine is now available for pre-order. It contains work by T.J. Forrester, Jon Gingerich, Eugene Gloria, Jessica Hollander, Jason Huskey, Jason Jordan, Ilan Mochari, Karen Neuberg, Michelle Orange, Noel Sloboda, Jeff Wallace, and me. The cover, which is incredible, was done by Sarah Stanley.

Hills Like White Elephants: Junot Diaz

"She waits for you on the stoop, and when you pull up in her Saturn and notice the journal in her hand your heart plunges through you like a fat bandit through a hangman’s trap."

from "Alma" by Junot Diaz