I talked with Benjamin Johncock about his excellent debut novel, The Last Pilot, for Publishers Weekly. I highly recommend Ben’s book. It’s a great read.
Over at Barrelhouse, I took part in a panel piece on the FX comedy Louie. We got really into dissecting the narrative elements of the show, and we all admitted we’d go for the hot pour.
A funny little thing: A week ago, my photo ended up on Buzzfeed‘s post “33 Writers Share The Books That Inspired Them To Write.”
Backstory: While at AWP, I ran into Isaac, the editor at Buzzfeed Books and one of the nicest guy on the planet, about an hour before catching my airport shuttle. We were talking about, well, books, and he asked me to write down a title that helped shape me as a writer. “For a project,” he said. Off the top of my head, I thought of Where the Wild Things Are, which may seem like a strange choice, but it’s true. I think Wild Things, like the book There’s a Nightmare in My Closet, was one of the first children’s stories I remember that paired monsters with the concepts of empathy and emotion. Looking at my own writing today, I see that narrative thread constantly.
Anyway, he snapped a photo and it ended up on the website. Here’s a link to the piece. There are no names attached to the photos, but you can find me. Also, you may be able to spot some recognizable faces, like Will Chancellor and Julia Fierro, who both released acclaimed novels last year.
At Numéro Cinq, I reviewed Kelly Link’s new collection, the amazing Get In Trouble. Read it here.
I wrote a little section of Lockjaw Magazine‘s awesome ongoing “Choose Your Own Adventure” story. Start from the beginning here. If you never make it to my contribution, you can find it here.
Reviews: I talked about Diane Schoemperlen’s By the Book in the Spring 2015 print edition of Rain Taxi Review of Books. You can’t read it online, but if you’re headed to AWP, you can pick up a free copy at their table. Also, at Necessary Fiction, I reviewed Shelagh Connor Shapiro’s Shape of the Sky. That one is online.