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
A student of mine recently asked whether Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist (for lack of a better word) of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, has, within the context of the narrative (such as it is) really experienced a close encounter with aliens or simply lost his mind. The question is certainly valid. When I first read the…Read more Is Billy Pilgrim Crazy?
Big thanks to Nicolette Milholin for including me in her Montgomery News article on the books that local authors recommend for avid readers this holiday season! It's great to be in such good company... Other authors interviewed for this article include Liz Moore, author of Heft, and Daniel Torday, author of The Sensualist, both of…Read more Local Authors Recommend…
Today's shirt design was inspired by the fine gentlemen at Bookfight, who have recently begun to curate a collection of bad blurbs.
Here's another passage I had to cut from The Grievers when I changed Charley's job from being a teacher to being a human dollar sign. Of course, I probably would have cut this passage regardless. I think it's a little to "meta," since Charley and his students are discussing his life as if it's a…Read more A Kind of Jesus Figure
Big thanks to Curt Smith for his glowing review of The Grievers in Prime Number: A Journal of Distinctive Poetry and Prose. The piece also includes an interview in which I opine on various topics including whether or not a heat gun is a power tool.
In an earlier draft of The Grievers, the narrator's life was closer to my own than in the version that eventually found its way to publication. One major similarity was that Charley and I were both teachers -- a detail I changed for both dramatic and comedic effect when I gave him a job as…Read more Getting Far