Monthly Archives: July 2009

Bears are powerful. Me too.

New Crutchfield goodness!: Pray For Rain

Magnet continues their important work begging demos off the Wrens.

Lolita, Scrubbed is 20 chapters in. Charlotte’s death looms.

HTMLGiant’s real-life legal thriller.

Gale Thompson’s Jellyfish Magazine features happy poems by my friendly friends.

Phoenix provides the official soundtrack to Durgam Summer 09.

I saw the best play last week: The Missoula Oblongata‘s production of “The 50 Greatest Ladies and Gentlemen,” now playing in NYC. It’s about a soldier, the burst of WWI optimism, individuality, tarantism, brothers, submarines. The troop combines a ramshackle aesthetic with tight choreography. It’s wildly inventive, with pleasures at every turn: live music, audience clamor, turn-crank storyboarding, silhouettes, puppets, and the sort of enthusiastic performances you rarely find outside of children’s theatre. I was delighted.

The new Aimee Bender story is a knockout.

New Story: Ash Mounds

My story, Ash Mounds, just came out on the You Must Be This Tall to Ride website, edited by BJ Hollars, alongside new stories by Roxane Gay, who co-runs the journal PANK,  and John Dermot Woods, who co-runs the excellent podcast series, Apostrophe Cast. Good company.

It’s a Hadley, MA story, set in a real parking lot with real dirty snow mounds and a real Barnes and Nobles. It’s also, I think, my longest piece of fiction to appear online. I just re-read my story and then read Gay’s story, and thought, Wow, poor moms.