Archive for January, 2011

Take Pictures of Your Food

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

After many helpless hours dragging and trimming and wishing I had any idea what I’m doing, I am happy and just a sliver short of proud to present to you the second of what is certain to be three or maybe four skateboarding videos made by me. I’ve titled it, “Take Pictures of Your Food,” and I hope you enjoy.

Take Pictures of Your Food from Edsel Denk on Vimeo.

The Extent of Our Decline

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

I’m grateful to Matt Bell for including my essay, “The Extent of Our Decline,” in January’s issue of The Collagist, their 18th issue and a very good one, full of very good stories and poems and reviews. My contribution takes on Tom Junod and David Shields and their rather silly shared notion that “the” novel can no longer capture the essence of our epoch.

Here is a link to the essay, which will also appear the anthology The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, edited by C. Max Magee, of The Millions, and Jeff Martin, of this. The anthology appears in March of this year and features a whole slew of names I won’t list, but rest assured are far more impressive than my own. Enjoy them all. Enjoy enjoying them. Enjoy everything.

Buddy’s Body

Monday, January 10th, 2011

The second of my Wigleaf stories has gone live, this one called “Buddy’s Body,” a case of the title itself playing the starting point for all that appeared after. Hope you enjoy…


Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

The new issue, which is the third issue, of Ghost Ocean Magazine features an interview I did face-to-face with Marynia Kolak, a very kind and insightful reader from Roosevelt University‘s graduate writing program. You’ll know it’s live, rather than over email, by the many elipses and near-ramblings.

Also recently, Greg Carlisle, author of the tremendously helpful Elegant Complexity, has written the following generous words about The Slide, which I can only imagine were designed as a kind of Christmas eve present to me, delivered via the David Foster Wallace listserv:

The slide is a great novel. It’s wonderfully and uniquely descriptive on every page…The characters’ voices are perfect…Beachy is like one of DFW’s rebels from the TV article who is unafraid to get at the uncomfortable, vulnerable truth underneath the surface. I love this book, and I look forward to the next one.

Flattered as hell and grateful as always. Happy new year, folks.