Vinyl Record Day is apparently a thing, kind of like National Hot Dog Day and National Jump On One Foot Day (not sure if that last one exists). Anyway, I wrote a little something for Alternating Current in celebration. It’s a tiny note to my childhood record player.
Brief update: I contributed a tiny bit about Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater to a great little essay over at The Oyster Review. I’m happy to share the same space with some excellent writers as we wax poetic about our favorite Vonnegut books.
Also, I added my two cents to Necessary Fiction‘s “Best of 2014” roundup.
On Barry Hannah
Vol. 1 Brooklyn was kind enough to run my essay, “The Character Voice of Barry Hannah,” which closely examines Hannah’s short novel, Ray. It’s somewhat academic and dense, looking at how Hannah employs various techniques to create a narrative full of verbal action when, in reality, very little physically transpires.
In Defense of Librarians
Over at BuzzFeed Books, I write about 11 modern librarians in contemporary literature that break away from the tropes normally associated with the term “librarian.” The list includes characters by Haruki Murakami, Rebecca Makkai, Jennine Capo Crucet, Laura van den Berg, Dan Chaon, and others.