As you may have noticed, my last few blog posts have included music attributed to M. Zapatero. It's a name I've been thinking about using for a dozen years or so, ever since I found out that Zapatero is (more or less) Spanish for Schuster. I like the name for several reasons, one of which…Read more Wherefore M. Zapatero?
My friend James Tate Hill has a new book called Academy Gothic coming out in October, and I was very pleased to write and record music for two book trailers he put together. Here's the first:
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
Here's something I mentioned in one of my classes today... Just a theory I'm working on. I'd argue that throughout any given literary movement (or, more generally, artistic movement), there's an ongoing debate of many, many voices, each representing a slightly different approach to defining and realizing the ideals of that movement. The debate isn't…Read more Evolution