writing

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…

Without Realizing

Monday, October 11th, 2010

How great these days the ubiquity of gut-thumping short short fiction on our magic screens. If you don’t check Wigleaf regularly, I hope you’ll start. Scott Garson and the others keep things goodweird, and today I’m happy to have my real short story “Without Realizing” appear there. Originally written in support of the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project, it’s a long sentence.

The Black Boot

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Months back, I got a very kind email from Ryan Wilson, who edits The Black Book, a journal out of Los Angeles, asking for “one of your deep, dark, weird pieces that you keep, perhaps, in a shoebox, where no one will find them.” So I sent him two, and now they’re available in The Black Book Issue 8. The first is a called “Not Good,” and the second is, “The Safety.” Proof:

And after looking through my copy I can say it’s a fine journal indeed, and recommend you pick up one up here. Thanks again, Ryan. Happy to be included.

Look, Listen, Repeat.

Friday, August 13th, 2010

I’m happy to say that I’ve joined the crew at St. Louis Magazine’s Look/Listen blog. I’ll be writing book things, reviews and thoughts and who knows what else. My first bit is a review of Gary Shteyngart’s third novel, Super Sad True Love Story.

Satire as a literary mode of expression is problematic. Speaking of humor generally, I once attempted to suss out the issue with Jensen Whelan by calling it (satire) a drunk who requires something sturdy nearby, lest it falls into a puddle of its own sick. The Shteyngart review is a chance to address the issue a bit more thoroughly.