Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Better of McSweeney's, Volume 2

Just found out that a story of mine is going to be included in The Better of McSweeney's, Volume 2. I'm pretty happy about this, because a.) it's an honor and b.) it means that my first published story, Lie Down and Die, will be making a triumphant return to print.

Friday, September 25, 2009

"[...] like a lump, like a clot, like a blockage: the sensation that you are here but could not be here, in a world that could not be but is."


Currently reading Mr. Palomar by Italo Calvino. Fun fact about what a spotty reader I am: I consider myself to be a huge Italo Calvino fan, and yet had never heard of this book until a copy of it was mailed to me by a concerned friend.

Adding to my readerly shame is the fact that this book rules. Anyway, without wanting to get into a whole thing here, I guess what I'm saying is that you should probably check it out.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Brent Van Horne in The Madison Review

From the above photograph, it's safe to assume one of two things: 1.) Seth has kidnapped himself and is attempting to prove to the authorities that he was still alive as recently as Spring of 2009 - or - 2.) He finally got his copy of The Madison Review's latest issue, which features a fantastic story by Brent Van Horne.

Van Horne is pretty talented and has publications popping up all over the place (you can find his work in Fugue, New Orleans Review, and Sou'Wester). Van Horne and I have gotten into the habit of riffing on each other's work. We've also been kicking around the idea of writing a collaborative story. It's too early to tell if that's something we'll actually do - but, if such a story does get written, it's probably going to be the literary equivalent of this.

In addition to being a kick ass story writer, Brent is also responsible for making this blog look nice, a responsibility that he has taken on for no discernible reason as there's absolutely no way I could ever pay him. Plus one time I accidentally dumped a whole beer onto his carpet, which was pretty much brand new (the carpet, that is ... though the beer was new too).

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre

My issue of One-Story is currently available. You can grab a copy of the issue here or, even better, you can subscribe to One-Story here. I'm also pleased to announce that One-Story is now available on the Kindle.

If you had told me five years ago that one day people would be able to beam a short story of mine into their homes by means of a wireless device, I would have thought it was only a beautiful dream. And while I think the good people at Amazon might be flying a little too close to the sun in this regard, I refuse to stand in the way of progress.

Also, if you would like to enjoy a free copy of my story over some world-class Japanese cuisine, then check out this post by Pei-Ling Lue for details.

My thanks to everybody at One-Story, especially Pei-Ling Lue and Hannah Tinti, for this incredible opportunity. One-Story is a mind-bogglingly cool enterprise, and I'm pretty honored to have gotten the chance to contribute.