The new issue of Anomaly Lit, featuring my story “The Thing Speaks For Itself,” just came out, and it looks fantastic. “Thing Speaks” is an older story that I reworked a bit before submitting to Anomaly, reworking some sections that had previously never quite felt right. It’s a bleak little piece, but from the tenor […]
The best part is the bringing in the “SCOTUScare” line. Funny for law nerds everywhere, and Scalia fans or haters alike.
Issue 9 of Pulp Literature, featuring a story by yours truly, is currently available for download and purchase. I’m elated to have the story see the light of day in such an excellent publication—and with such great illustrations, to boot! I’m also excited to read several of the other stories, as well. Here’s just small bit […]
My review of Salman Rushdie’s latest novel is online at the Lincoln Journal-Star and in today’s (Sunday’s) paper. It starts: In all that has been written about him, no one has accused Salman Rushdie of lacking imagination. The author of the Booker Prize-winning “Midnight’s Children,” one of the past century’s great novels, as well as “The […]
My review of Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel, Purity, is now online at the Lincoln Journal-Star. An excerpt: There are many brilliant bits of this novel, and Franzen remains one of the country’s most gifted writers. His psychological acuity may be unmatched, at least among living American writers, and he deserves credit for squarely taking on […]
As I’m always looking for recommendations myself, I thought I would post up a few things art-wise that I’ve been enjoying lately. I’ll probably make this a series. Reading Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates. Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell The stories “Opa-Locka,” “The Isle of Youth,” and “Antarctica,” from Laura van den Berg’s […]
Midwestern Gothic, who first published my short story “Stare Decisis,” has just published an email interview with me. Read it here, if you’re interested.
The New Yorker interviews J.M. Ledgard: It’s one of the lessons I learned long ago, reporting in the post-Communist environment in Russia and Eastern Europe. I became a really strong anti-Communist at that point, just seeing what that world was and had done. But, after a while, you get into these stories and you realize […]
My short story “Stare Decisis” was the runner-up for the law blog Lawyerist’s 2015 short fiction contest. You can now read it online, for free, here. Previously, this story appeared in print in the great lit mag Midwestern Gothic. Thanks to the Lawyerist editors for selecting it—this marks the first time I’ve earned any money from […]
My review of Richard Flanagan’s Man Book Prize-Winning novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, is in today’s paper and is also online here. A bit: Dorrigo Evans is considered by everyone— except himself — to be a war hero. A physician, he becomes the de facto leader of his fellow Australian POWs who […]