Helping

A novel excerpt, “Helping,” is up at Tin House! It’s very short. I’m very glad it’s up. Many thanks to Thomas Ross for astute edits! It might be time to quote Malaparte, from The Skin: “Try to say ‘No’ to a dead man, try to tell him that you have no time to waste on […]

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NOON!

I have a story forthcoming in the 2015 NOON! I’ve loved NOON for years—years—and I can’t really overstate my excitement. I keep taking out previous issues of NOON from my bookshelves and rereading old favorites, to celebrate. It’s been a tiring few months, writing-wise, which is also, of course, life-wise; I’m so glad about this news, and grateful. Once, somewhere, […]

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No Other Book

Some heartening news: I’ve learned I’m going to be a 2014-2015 Steinbeck Fellow, as well as a Stanley Elkin Scholar at this summer’s Sewanee Writers’ Conference. A bit from Randall Jarrell’s NO OTHER BOOK: “When Marx said that he wasn’t a Marxist he meant, I suppose, that he himself was not one of his own […]

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Eremites or anchorites

A few things have happened lately: for one, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kelly Luce, Nina McConigley, Laura van den Berg, and Claire Vaye Watkins about their story collections for SALON. All four writers mentioned their love of Joy Williams–here’s a piece about an essay Williams published in 1998, “Uncanny Singing That Comes from […]

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