I wish I could tell you that I was punk rock. I wish I could tell you I wore the right boots and shaved my head with the right razor and knew all the lyrics. Sadly, I cannot in clear conscience tell you this. The good news is they let me go to their concerts anyway, and Punk Planet even let Elizabeth Crane interview me, which was excellent fun.
(Damn. See what I mean? If you use phrases like 'excellent fun,' you cannot be punk rock no matter how bad you want it.)
Along with some great stuff by Sheila Heti and Stanley Elkin, among others, a story of mine called “Stillness” has just appeared in Volume 1, Number 1 of a great new magazine called New York Tyrant.
McSweeney's issue 20 is on the shelves, and there's a story of mine in there called "Loess"--a fairly odd conversation that lasts for decades. And it's got some pretty amazing company--work by Susan Steinberg and J. Erin Sweeney for starters, plus Jack Pendarvis' fantastic story "The Big Dud."
September 1, 2006, 6:54 p.m.Category: Short Stories
Throughout the nineties, American Short Fiction was a fixture in the top tier of literary journals: two-time finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, plus stories landed in the O. Henry anthologies, Best American Short Stories, the Graywolf Annual, and the Pushcart anthologies. Then in 1998, they shuffled off this overheated coil, bound for litmag heaven, where the espressos are all bottomless, the cigarettes never burn holes in your clothes, and everyone gathers at noon to sing hosannas to George Plimpton.
Or so we thought.
Turns out that instead they'd been acquired by Badgerdog Literary Publishing, and were planning to resume publication with Issue 33 in Winter 2005-06.
Which is reason enough to celebrate.
And now the gravy: I just got an email saying they are taking a story of mine for that self-same issue.
Praise be to George P.!
August 3, 2006, 11:56 p.m.Category: Short Stories
Greensbory Review's Issue 79 is now out, with a story of mine called "Bloodwood," plus some awesome stuff by Viet Dinh and David Ebenbach.
August 1, 2006, 11:27 a.m.Category: Short Stories
A story of mine called "Levee" has just appeared in Orchid, Issue 6, alongside great work from Bob Thurber and Patricia Stiles, among others. A college friend named Gerry Halphen gave me the story's opening image a little more than twenty years ago when his family took me in for Thanksgiving my freshman year of college, and I am grateful.
July 1, 2006, 6:39 p.m.Category: Short Stories