Monthly Archives: August 2009

Gabe + Liz Concert Sunday

Liz and I are playing some songs at the creek this Sunday evening with fiction readers Ari Feld and Hilary Plum–her first reading ever! Email me for details.

Two potential anagram band names:

– Big Zeal (Gabe, Liz)

– Bighearted Hum Ablaze (Gabe, Elizabeth, Durham)

** Update: Jed Berry took this eerie photo of the performance. I’m the one in the headlamp. **

gabe liz night song


I am reading like it’s my job.

Just finished The Living End, a short afterlife comedy by Stanley Elkin, one of those novels that changes the rules every time you get comfortable. In my favorite section, one of the semi-protagonists named Ladlehaus is sent from Hell back into his grave and yells for help. A groundskeeper named Chance hears him and instead of digging up Ladlehaus (which could affect Chance’s high blood pressure), Chance fools Ladlehaus into believing a civil war has erupted between the Twin Cities. Bonus: Here’s Sam Lipsyte talking about the book on NPR.

Really enjoying reading Meet Me in California by Cooley Windsor, a story collection TriQuarterly Books put out last year.

How about this Kyle Minor story? Violent polygamists cults are inherently interesting, and the subject works perfectly with the sharp spare writing and victimized narrator. I found the story on the Million Writers Notables 08 list. Makes me want to read his collection.

NOÖ Ten is out! Ari Feld, Kim Chinquee.

The Collagist is out! Chris Bachelder, Gordon Lish, David McLendon.

I got my contributor’s copy of Madison Review last week. Happy to see my story nestled up next to some tasty others, such as Vanessa Blakeslee’s “Ask Jesus,” W. Andrew Ewell’s “The Boy Who Killed Math,” and  a great Marilynne Robinson interview. It’s a solid issue with a nicer layout than I was expecting. If their website was as nice as their magazine, I bet they’d get even more attention. Big thanks to Miles Johnson and Elzbieta Beck for putting the issue together, and for accepting my rambling story of barista competition.

Australian Invasion

I am honored and delighted to have a story coming out in the next Lifted Brow! Past contributors include Chris Bachelder, Sean Casey, the Wrens(!), Brian Evenson, Ben Greenman, Daniel Handler, Tao Lin, and Heidi Julavits. Huge thanks to Matt Bell for rejecting the story, “LifeCyclists,” for the Collagist on the grounds that he’d rather see the story in print than on the web, which motivated me to send the story out some more.

Unrelated: The democratic internet likes my Notorious BIG remixes (especially “Ends to my Friends”) more than my Bjork, Madonna, Glen Phillips, MIA, Nabokov, and Radiohead remixes put together. I might not agree but I do like the attention.