This Must Be The Place

Oh the endless rooms. The yards. The kitchens. All blurring now. There was the Min Pin. The black grass-eating pig. And then, Gerry S. This week, the months’ long odyssey of relocating from St. Louis to Kansas City, of seeing 60+ properties, reaches a milestone — we move into our …

Crashing (for art) 

On my lunch hour(s), I’ve been watching HBO’s new comedy series “Crashing.” It chronicles the life of a comedian just starting out. It’s very funny. Peter Holmes is a joy to watch and his self-effacing humor is perfect. But what I also like very much is that it shows what …

Slumber Core

Up when I shouldn’t be, but then when the weight of your immediate world is upon your shoulders, well, you succumb. So, up I got and up I am. Surfing the web, listening to the rain, watching the lightning, and wondering what all the sleepers are dreaming? It is not …

Memory 

Few writers would disagree. Memory remains but in tatters and as writers these threads are used to weave whole cloth. Some writers like Frank McCourt allow the unimpeded memory of a child, narrated in present tense, to hold court in Angela’s Ashes a chronicle of his impoverished childhood in Limerick, …

Writer as Public Figure 

It’s impossible to speak to someone about a book one has written. Marguerite Duras wrote this sentence in her penultimate book Writing. Right after the publication of my first novel, I was walking on campus where I was taking an MFA in Writing. My classmates were asking for copies and telling me it …

The Politics of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology

The release of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology predictably has caused a bit of a ruckus — from pagans. Might Gaiman be misrepresenting their religion? Probably not, but I’m no expert. It seems the way in which the book is being offered to the masses is another matter. Large-scale marketing can only burnish …