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
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
April may well be the cruelest month, but I'd also argue that it's the sneakiest. I feel like it just came out of nowhere -- and just when I was getting used to March. Needless to say, May is just around the corner, which also means that the print edition of The Grievers will be…Read more The Whole World Can See You
Technically, Buddy should have flunked out by the end of his first semester, but the constant stream of cash flowing from his family was enough to make everyone look the other way whenever he set fire to the chemistry lab or ran naked through the gymnasium because the other guys stole his gym shorts.