As The Facades nears its publication date, it seems like a good idea to guide potential readers to some other stuff by/about me on the Internet (some of it in the father reaches thereof). Here are some links to give you some idea where I’m coming from. Thanks for taking a look.
St. Louis Magazine profile – Local poet and culture editor Stefene Russell wrote a brilliant piece about The Facades, tucked way in the back of what is one of the fattest single magazine issues I have ever seen. There’s a photo of me in the stacks at the library that I actually really like.
“Misplaced Person” (Writeliving Blog) — Thoughts about living and writing in the Midwest, with a great intro by fellow STL writer David Schuman.
“Thirty-Two Short Paragraphs About Charles Newman” (Quarterly West) — This was kind of a tough one. Remembrance of my former professor, his disorderly life, his kindness toward me, and reflections on his posthumous novel In Partial Disgrace.
Review: The No World Concerto by A.G. Porta (The Quarterly Conversation) – Exploration of an ambitious novel by Joycean fanatic and Bolano collaborator A.G. Porta, his first novel to be translated into English, published by Dalkey Archive.
Review: Demolishing Nisard by Eric Chevillard (Three Percent) – Another Dalkey title, this one a delightfully mischievous work about a forgotten literary critic.
Finally, I’ve also been maintaining Scribbler, the creative writing blog at the Central St. Louis Public Library. Here are a few of my favorite posts from that blog:
The Stages of the St Louis Book Fair — I’ve been attending this fair regularly for years, and realized this past year that it was finally time for a psychologically rigorous, definitive account. Includes tips on spotting William Gass and dealing with the infamous arch-villain known only as “Headphones Guy.” This one really was a lot of fun to write.
The Word from BEA — Dispatch from the intermittently surreal world of the country’s largest book-industry event.
Free Agent: The Rosalie Siegel Interview — Rosalie was my first friend in the business, a wonderful, kind person who has had an extraordinary career. I was very lucky to get to ask her a few questions about her literary life and post her answers at Scribbler.
And that, I think, gets us pretty much up to date …