Saturday, June 23, 2012

Electric Literature's Recommended Reading

I have a brand new story up over at Electric Literature's Recommended Reading. It is called The Adventure of the Space Traveler, and you can read it for free here.

You can also check out this single sentence animation for the story, animated by the blisteringly talented Sarah Bodil and scored by the no less blisteringly talented David Rogers-Berry:

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Das Kolumne: How To Get An Agent

The Open Bar
Looking to get an agent? I tell you how in my potentially award-winning new column over on Tin House's blog. CLICK HERE.

Monday, June 11, 2012

3 Books You Should Read Before You Turn 3


Flavorwire currently has a list of 30 books you should read before you turn 30. That is an interesting idea for a list. Though, unfortunately for Flavorwire, it is not nearly as interesting as my idea for a list: 3 BOOKS YOU SHOULD READ BEFORE YOU TURN 3. See below.

1.) Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

As a baby, you have a lot of spankings ahead of you. This book could very well help you learn to enjoy them.

2.) The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

Using Machiavelli's basic principles of leadership and manipulation, you can avoid potty training well into you mid-20's.

3.) The Real Frank Zappa Book by Frank Zappa

At this point, your knowledge of experimental rock from the last century is most likely limited to what you see on Yo Gabba Gabba!. This book will give you the inside scoop, along with more fun anecdotes about Alice Cooper and Captain Beefheart than you'll know what to do with.

Lie Down And Die


A young filmmaker named Kyle Sanderson has made a brilliant short film based on Lie Down and Die, a short story of mine which originally appeared in McSweeney's and is included in my debut short story collection, The Great Frustration.

Sanderson's film was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival. It was also selected for CBC's Short Shots 2012, and Air Canada EnRoute Film Festival 2011. The last is probably my favorite in that it involved the above film being shown to passengers on Air Canada flights. While you watch this film about people unceremoniously getting their tickets punched, I suggest that you try to imagine you are on an airplane. Based on that, you should be able to extrapolate how apparently edgy and awesome Canada is.

Sanderson has done an incredible job adapting a story that I would have assumed was more or less unfilmable. What's more, he did it while preserving the spirit of the story and making everything look great. So crack open your in-flight cranberry juice and join me in toasting Sanderson's immense talent.