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 …

Irony is dead; long live Irony

Literary fiction is realism focusing on a character and how the character is transformed by exterior forces denying, compelling, or otherwise styming interior desires. The gap between expectations and reality in this way is filled with relative power, and its attendant strains of irony. Power and The Gap To recap, …

The Big Short — all the rage 

Brevity is best, said my history professor years ago. And it stuck. Not that I always follow this sage advice. In fact, there is nothing wrong with an accumulative sentence — it all depends on audience, and purpose. Regardless. My history professor’s belief appears prescient, especially our contemporary appetite for …

Stuff with Strangers 

We are isolated in the master bedroom, while four strangers rifle through our stuff. These are the good kind of strangers though — movers. Our kids, Story and Leo, are out of the house, thankfully, at the groomers for most of this day, our first of possibly three days of …