“Gaddafi in Drag” at Drunk Monkeys.

Many thanks to Drunk Monkeys for accepting my funny little story “Gaddafi in Drag.” You can read it here. And here’s how it starts: And then Gaddafi came in, totally in drag. Not just eye shadow, which he was famous for, but a full evening dress, pearl necklace, and hose. Rouge on his cheeks. Four […]

Five Favorite Albums of 2016.

Nobody asked me, but here are my 5 albums of 2016, in no particular order: A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service,  A Tribe Called Quest Sunlit Youth, Local Natives 22, A Million, Bon Iver Since subscribing to an unlimited service, […]

The first in a series.

My review of Julio Cortázar’s Save Twilight: Poems (from City Lights Books) is up at Literal Magazine. It should be the first in a multiple reviews for Literal, where I have been given the opportunity to regularly write on Latin American and/or Spanish language literature. If you know me, you know I’ve been a longtime fan of […]

“Sunsets in Sunny Gardens” in I-70 Review.

My short story, “Sunsets in Sunny Gardens,” has now appeared in the latest I-70 Review. Thanks to Gary, Maryfrances, Jan and Greg for accepting it. I received my copy in the mail this week and it looks fantastic. The story opens:

Review of “Bad Faith” by Theodore Wheeler.

My review of Bad Faith by Ted Wheeler has gone live over at Necessary Fiction. A bit: Most of the characters in Bad Faith aren’t nice, and Wheeler plumbs that not-niceness throughout. The Pythagoreans talked of good as definite and finite, and evil and indefinite and infinite. Niceness may make for a slogan, and a friendly face to provide […]

Review of “Seeing Red” by Lina Meruane.

My review of the essential Seeing Red by Lina Meruane has been published over at the Colorado Review. An excerpt: One evening in New York, Lina Meruane’s body “seize[s] up” and leaves her “paralyzed, [her] sweaty hands clutching at the air.” Just as she reaches to her purse to pick up an insulin shot, a […]

Innocents and Others.

Go read something by Dana Spiotta. You can’t go wrong. I’d recommend Stone Arabia or her newest, Innocents and Others. Otherwise, what you’ve been reading about Zero K is pretty much spot on, but the best novel of the year—which I am reviewing soon—might just be Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.

On WatchOS 3.

Ars Technica discusses its impressions of WatchOS 3, and how it may finally make the Apple Watch live up to its promise: WatchOS 3 has the benefit of a year or so of actual user data behind it, and it shows. Apple had ideas about how people might or should use the watch, and now […]

“All About Books.”

This Thursday, June 2, I’ll be on NET Radio’s All About Books talking about what makes One Book One Lincoln selection Being Mortal by Atul Gawande so great. Such as bits like this bit, talking about the author’s father: One of his proudest days was July 4, 1976, the country’s bicentennial, when he was made an American citizen […]