Proud to keep company like this:
Praying Drunk was selected as one of Powell’s “Best Short Story Collections of the 21st Century (So Far),” keeping some good company: Junot Diaz, Roberto Bolano, Lorrie Moore, Wells Tower, Jhumpa Lahiri, Alice Munro, Karen Russell, George Saunders, Jess Walter, Lydia Davis, Ben Marcus, David Foster Wallace, and Donald Ray Pollock.
Some unsolicited advice for young writers: There is probably something weird about you, about what you want to do, about how you want to do it. You’re probably not pulling it off yet. But the one piece of advice you should immediately ignore is the suggestion that you shear off the rough edges, regularize, de-complicate,Continue reading “Some Unsolicited Advice for Young Writers”
. Three good things: 1. Praying Drunk was reviewed in the April 27 edition of the New York Times Book Review. 2. The book will be awarded the Bronze Medal for Short Fiction at the 2014 Independent Publishing (IPPY) Awards at BookExpo America on May 28 in New York City. 3. Dawn Raffel at Reader’sContinue reading “New York Times Book Review, IPPY Bronze Medal, Reader’s Digest”
I talked with David Naimon at KBOO Portland last month, and the podcast is streaming now. Here’s the link.
I enjoyed this conversation with Michele Filgate, at Buzzfeed. We talked about sheep and goats, the lake of fire, plate tectonics, violence as not-metaphor, the Port-O-Lets at the circus with the good time numbers scrawled in black Sharpie marker, Vermeer in Bosnia, the defective replicant robot in a near-future Kentucky, the neurotoxin in the starfruit,Continue reading “New Interview in Buzzfeed”
Two Good Things: 1. The New York Times asked me to review D.W. Wilson’s Once You Break a Knuckle for the Sunday Book Review. Here’s the link. 2. A brief conversation with Amy Butcher, at the Barnes & Noble Book Blog.
The Atlantic asked me to write a few words about Alice Munro.
Matt Bell, most patient of interviewers (and for many years now, my good friend and one of my best and most helpful readers), engaged me with questions for several days, about Praying Drunk, and about many other things, too: Haiti, fundamentalism, John Cheever, work, ecstatic fantasies about heaven, plenty more. The result is a very comprehensive interview,Continue reading “Three New Interviews: The Believer, Tin House, and Hobart”
“Similar to a great magic trick, the 13 stories in Minor’s (In the Devil’s Territory) latest lure reader investment with strong visuals while simultaneously pulling the rug out from underfoot with clever, literary sleights–of-hand. Though not necessarily linked in the traditional sense, there is a sequential order to the collection—ideas, locations, incidents, and characters echoContinue reading “ROUNDUP OF PRAYING DRUNK REVIEWS, INTERVIEWS, ETC.”