I recorded the audio for this thing on my computer while I was in a hotel room in Walterboro, SC. It took me a long time to get it right. One time, someone from housekeeping tried to get into my room, even though I had the Do Not Disturb sign on the doorknob, and I felt very awkward to be reading about how sinkholes are "the most vaginal of god's natural occurrences."
Friday, August 21, 2009
If you want to hear the sound of my voice, you can hear me reading my story from the new issue of The Collagist thanks to the awesome site, Apostrophe Cast. I'm proud to be reading alongside Charles Jensen and Kim Chinquee, who have outstanding work in the issue.
Monday, August 17, 2009
I'm happy to report that I have a story in the first issue of The Collagist, an online journal created by Dzanc Books. Matt Bell, the editor, did an incredible job of putting together this issue. There's fiction by Chris Bachelder, Kim Chinquee, Gordon Lish, Matthew Salesses, and a novel excerpt from the new book by Laird Hunt.
I met Laird Hunt back in 2004 when I was at the MacDowell Colony. It was through this residency that I came into possession of one of my most prized pieces of author memorabilia, a box of snack crackers that Laird had partially eaten (the crackers, not the box). I wrote a letter to Laird after he'd left in order to get verification of his having eaten some of the crackers, a letter of authenticity if you will, and he responding by sending the most incredible, hand-written essay/story, which filled up an entire notebook. It was amazing. If you want to read something awesome, check out his novel The Impossibly, which is about "an anonymous secret operative embroiled in the dark underworld of transnational organized crime." It is so damn bizarre and very hilarious.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
My friend, Amanda Nazario, is doing something really cool, but she needs money to do it. In addition to being a really great writer (evidence is here, here, and here), Amanda is also a DJ on Washington Heights Free Radio and has impeccable taste in music. Now she wants to take the show on the road, traveling all over New York (and hopefully the rest of the country), broadcasting the show. To do this, she needs some stuff. She needs a car. She needs a "reliable mobile wifi system". She needs a "basic DJ setup". To facilitate the acquisition of these things, she has set up a Kickstarter page to accept donations for this very rad idea. She needs $10,000. She's got $1,245 so far. There are 64 days left to donate, so I hope you might consider giving something.
I have a story coming up in the MLP chapbook series, which I'm really excited about. Last month, the series featured stories by Molly Gaudry, Elizabeth Ellen, and Ryan Call. Each one of these stories was amazing and totally different. It's a really cool press and so I hope you might consider getting a subscription, which is pretty darn cheap. For 36 bucks, you get a six-month subscription (three chapbooks per month). If that wasn't enough, you also get a copy of Molly Gaudry's novella, We Take Me Apart. How can you go wrong?
You can also buy my individual story (please buy my story) here. It's only three dollars. The story has a wolf and seahorses and x-rays and a winged heart and barium shakes and surgical instruments. Trust me, you'll like it.