It's funny. Whenever I get to the end of a book and see an acknowledgments page, I feel a little disappointed. Granted, I've included acknowledgments pages in my own books, and I've been thrilled to see my name mentioned among the acknowledgments of authors I admire, so I'm not arguing that authors shouldn't include them…Read more The Thing About Acknowledgments
With a little tweaking, Richard Marson's tell-all biography of the late John Nathan-Turner could easily replace its subtitle with that of Peter Hook's wonderful memoir on the Manchester club scene of the 1980s, The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club, as its subject's tenure as producer of Doctor Who reads like a case study…Read more J N-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner (review)
Whenever aspiring writers ask me for advice on finding a publisher, the first thing I say is to read a wide range of books from a wide range of publishers to find the right "fit." Of course, that can get expensive after a while, so here's some good news. The good folks who published my…Read more Free PDF E-Book from The Permanent Press
A while back, I posted some thoughts on whether or not Billy Pilgrim is hallucinating when he's visited by aliens in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five. I'm teaching the novel again this week, an my thoughts have turned to the issue of free will in the novel. The reason this came up is that a student…Read more More Sketchy Thoughts on Slaughterhouse Five
My review of Chuck Klosterman's latest collection of essays, I Wear the Black Hat, is now up at The New York Journal of Books: I Wear the Black Hat.
Big thanks to Mary L. Tabor for interviewing me on her radio show! We talked about teaching, creativity, comedy, books, publishing, small presses, and independent bookstores, all in the space of a half-hour! Here's a link, in case you're curious: Mary L. Tabor with Marc Schuster 06/19 by rarebirdradio | Blog Talk Radio. Oh, and…Read more Interviewed by Mary L. Tabor on Rarebird Radio
In the latest installment of my podcast, "Inexplicable Need: An Interview with Shaun Haurin," I get into a heated discussion with a former student about how to address a former professor and also about the title of one of my favorite short story collections. I then interview Shaun Haurin, the author of the collection, and…Read more Inexplicable Need