This is the third in a series of posts. Here are parts one and two. Spoilers for Station Eleven abound after the jump. For The Stand and On The Beach as well. What makes post-apocalyptic fiction good? And what makes Station Eleven fail at being a good post-apocalyptic … Continue reading
Expanding on my short review of Emily Mandel’s Station Eleven, I’d like to talk about literary pedigree. My opinions are probably wrong, but ignorance has never stopped me from forming strong opinions. Which other works of fiction, in text or … Continue reading
I have always hated impressionistic book reviews that lack any quotations or really explain anything besides the reader’s feelings. When you read reviews like that you’re getting more insight into their psyche than the substance of the book. I feel … Continue reading
My first full-length novel, The Merchants of Zion, is available for purchase on Amazon. It’s $3.99. I wrote the first draft six years ago, after I graduated from college and had trouble finding a job. Some people might have redoubled their … Continue reading
Buy my fiction. Or let me me proofread/edit your book, paper or grant. More money from those means less dayjobbing, and more blogging.
Junot Diaz has an essay about his MFA experience in The New Yorker. In all honesty I probably would have blown it eventually, the way I was drinking and acting out, but then at the start of my second year … Continue reading
The New York Times has an article today titled “James Baldwin, Born 90 Years Ago, Is Fading in Classrooms” In a year that marks the 90th anniversary of his birth, educators offer different reasons for Baldwin’s faded presence there, from the … Continue reading
Okay, the old blog is defunct, let’s get some greatest hits going while I work up new content: Today we’re here to talk about The Great Gatsby, which of those five books is the only one about which I really … Continue reading