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.

Affecting And A Little Bit Strange

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Tina Brown’s webiverse conglomerator (or god, surely there’s a term? someone tell me what we’re calling these, please) The Daily Beast has a feature today on “Four Overlooked Books of 2009“, which includes the following and other nice words for The Slide:

Beachy has a distinct and very funny voice, and the book’s mood of confused longing sticks with you...It’s affecting and a little bit strange—and when I was done I vowed to read whatever Beachy writes next.

Anyone looking for a juicy-as-hell story about why the Times hasn’t yet reviewed The Slide please contact me and I will be happy to make one up.


Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

As in-depth a write-up as I’ve received, today. From the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, a couple thousand words that are just thorough in every possible way, not to mention very positive. From the final paragraph:

And that’s why today The Slide becomes only the fourth book in CCLaP’s history (and the first this year) to earn a perfect score of 10, and why in my opinion it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see this get a dark-horse Pulitzer nomination come next year. It’s one of those books that makes you feel all funny and sad and strange afterwards, one of those books that inspires cults among 23-year-olds…What a treat this book was, a truly unexpected treat, and what an astounding future Beachy has in store for himself as an artist. I recommend jumping on the bandwagon yourself as soon as possible.


Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Well hey thanks, Chicago Reader and people who read the Reader, voters, and personal friends. The Slide has been deemed this year’s Readers’ Choice for “Best Book By A Chicago Author In The Past Year“. The Reader’s Choice (very important apostrophe placement) is Aleksander Hemon’s The Lazarus Project.