If you're at all like me, you spent a good hour or so yesterday trying to follow Donald Trump's rambling press conference. While we can certainly debate the merits or lack thereof of his arguments against the media and his own assessment of his first month in office, one thing that struck me as I…Read more Donald Trump and Kurt Vonnegut’s Man in the Hole Narrative
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?
Back in June, I posted the audio of a reading of a reading I did at Rosemont College. Thanks to my friend Christine Cavalier, we now have some video as well! In the first clip, I lay down the sound loop that accompanies my reading in the second clip. I originally wrote this piece for…Read more What We Do (Video)
Here's a recording of the reading I did at Rosemont College on Monday. I originally wrote this piece for H. Conrad Miller's A Side of Writing blog, and I've always liked the sentiment it expresses about writing and the human condition in general.
Here's a link to a short piece on writing (or not writing, as the case may be) I wrote for The First Day: "Taking a Break (or The Virtue of Being a Dilettante."
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
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