Archive for 2011

Friday Night, Book Cellar

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Many thanks to Patrick Somerville for inviting me along for The Pale King release event Friday night at Chicago’s perfect Book Cellar. Details here, but know that Adam Levin is reading, he behind the gigantic and unanimously adored The Instructions, and Marcus Sakey, a man I do not know from Adam(s) but look forward to meeting, and Jon Baskin, whose essay on Wallace I taught the shit out of a year ago in my large, terrifying Infinite Jest class at SAIC.

The event is free and will surely be full of laughter and insight, our Chicago take on events scheduled around the country to celebrate this rather phenomenal piece of literature (see extensive thoughts on the book below). Hope to see you.

The Pale King

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

I was fortunate enough to get a copy of The Pale King a few weeks back. Once finished, I began writing a review that, in addressing less the content of the book as its place in our larger understanding of Wallace and his work, became quite long. Meaning, that is, the book’s place in this particular reader’s (my) understanding of his work. Thank you to everyone who’s read it already and those who’ve circulated it. It’s a very good book, but not a novel, I don’t think, and to write about it was a hugely satisfying and challenging thing to do. Thanks, too, to St. Louis Magazine for continuing to give me a venue for these reviews.

Here is the review.

On a related note, this Leland de la Durantaye piece in the Boston Review is incredibly insightful and smart and certainly worth our time.


Monday, March 28th, 2011

This Saturday I’m following Quickies! to Iowa City, town of towns, for a reading that’s part of this year’s Mission Creek Festival. Part of a lit crawl format, I believe? Some fine fine people will read, and none of us for more than four minutes. Then I’ll just post up at George’s for the remainder of the time, loving it.

Tamale Tamale Tamale Tamale

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Friends, this Saturday night I’ll read at The Tamale Hut Cafe, which if you’re a Chicagoan here’s proof it’s not all that far, so what say you we hop into the Jetta, crank some whatever it is this week, and have us a jaunt! I will read from The Slide and also from the novel in progress, a new chapter. Looking very much forward to it…

And there’s news to share and a schedule of upcoming interesting events, good times, all of it coming real soon. For now let’s focus on tamales…