Excited that two very short stories will be appearing in a new Norton anthology edited by James Thomas and Robert Scotellaro: New Micro.
February 9, 2018, 2:53 p.m.Category: Short Stories
Very proud of Cherry Tree Issue 4, which has got all kinds of brilliance in it: Ron Currie Jr., Alan Shapiro, Nicky Beer, and a whole bunch of others.
Good news for people who like softer things: Savage Theories is now out in paperback.
Really pleased to have two pieces of the current WIP make land in the pages of one of my favorite magazines, the brilliant, art-rich Ninth Letter.
And now Publishers Weekly gets in on the Savage Theories action:
"Oloixarac's brilliant, dextrous, debut novel, is a twisty tale of academia, lust, and culture. The author's ability to incorporate diverse elements, including 1970s Argentinian sex comedies, early 20th-century psychological theory, Elton John and Thomas Hobbes singing in bed, makes for singular and humorous experience. Perhaps best of all is Oloixarac's prose: discursive, surprising and off-kilter—like the characters themselves, it reveals a ceaseless appetite for understanding and belonging."
A starred review at Kirkus for Savage Theories: "While there are echoes of Borges and Bolaño here, the synthesis of ideas and the manic intelligence are wholly new. Brilliant, original, and very fun to read."
Whatever else happens today, the world now has this in it: my translation of Pola Oloixarac's brilliant debut novel, Savage Theories. I hope you like it. With crazed thanks to Pola, and to Mark Doten and Bronwen Hruska of Soho Press.
GMU's Fall For The Book festival starts tomorrow, and it's pretty dang studded with stars and those in the making--Sandra Cisneros, Robert Bausch, Jen Percy, Lauren Groff, James McPherson, Idra Novey, Elena Passarello, and plenty more. I'll be reading from the WIP--might even read the part about the whip--on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Sandy Spring Bank Tent, where, and the sponsors don't know this yet, I will actually be camping for the entire week. Come for the stories, stay for the S'mores.
This coming year, I'll be a visiting lecturer in the English Department at Washington College --a place that's been very good to me over the years. I'll also be the Fiction Editor for Cherry Tree, a top-drawer literary magazine they founded two years ago. Really looking forward to saddling up.
Very happy to see that A Manner of Being is now out in the world. It's an anthology of essays about mentors and mentees, edited by Jeff Parker and Annie Liontas, and the George Saunders essay alone is worth the price of admission. I also happen to have a short piece in there, looking at the surface irreverence and deep smarts that made Robert Day such a force for good at Washington College and the Rose O'Neill Literary House when I was a student there way back in the day.