Thursday, February 18, 2010

short story 'sons of liberty' in burly bird 4

my short story 'sons of liberty' is in burly bird zine #4, out now. check their site for ordering info.


both of you probably noticed that i've been quiet on this blogspot lately. that's partially because i've been using the site tumblr. go to for more writing news, my haiku diary, and other assorted geeking and freaking. i'll still post stuff on here, too.

reading on chicago public radio

on monday morning, i read on chicago public radio 89.5fm. it streamed on, too. here's a link to the audio of me reading my short story 'the impersonator,' plus an excerpt from the interview.
i had a great time. thanks to dj michael catano for having me on.

catching up

A couple things:

- CellStories ran "The Bullets Were Losing" a week before Xmas. The day after it ran, my girlfriend gave me an iPod Touch, and I got to read my story online. It was cool.

- My short story "Asa Berman" will be in Hair Trigger #32, out this spring. Hair Trigger is the lit journal published by the Fiction Writing department at Columbia College Chicago, where I go to grad school.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"Boston Noir" Book Review

My review of "Boston Noir" is up now on Mostly Fiction. The collection was edited by Dennis Lehane and is one of Akashic Books' Noir Series. This is the link.

While we're talking Boston, will someone please begin a petition to get the "What's the Best Way?" and "The Vallencourt Boys" SNL sketches online or on DVD? "The Best Way" was the game show about directions in New England that yielded the "pass eleven Dunkin' Donuts" and "there's a retahded kid sellin' fiyahcrackahs" jokes. "Vallencourt" was Adam Sandler and Kevin Nealon as two mushes with a cable access show. Both were spot-on Boston accent parodies.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Essay: God Was Magic

My essay, "God Was Magic," is in this week's Columbia Chronicle. You can read the whole essay online, here. Make sure to leave a comment about how I'm going to hell.

No word yet from Cell Stories about when they're running "The Bullets Were Losing," but it should be by the end of the calendar year. In the meantime, head to and sign up, for free. It's a service that sends a daily story to your mobile device, which they define as "Any mobile device with a WebKit-based browser; we've specifically checked iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android-based phones."
Honestly, that's a little bit over my head, but I'm not very tech-savvy.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Guns 'n' Roses "Chinese Democracy," A Four-Part Exegesis

All four installments of my part-by-part exegesis of the Guns 'n' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" are now up on Running Downhill. Here is a litany of links:

Part 1, Unnecessary Shredding - 9/2/09
Part 2, Modern...but Classy - 9/21
Part 3, Classic G'n'R Tropes - 9/29
Part 4, Capable Schmaltz - 10/20

Here's my last post on here about this.