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Donald Trump and Kurt Vonnegut’s Man in the Hole Narrative

If you're at all like me, you spent a good hour or so yesterday trying to follow Donald Trump's rambling press conference. While we can certainly debate the merits or lack thereof of his arguments against the media and his... Continue Reading →

Wherefore M. Zapatero?

As you may have noticed, my last few blog posts have included music attributed to M. Zapatero. It's a name I've been thinking about using for a dozen years or so, ever since I found out that Zapatero is (more... Continue Reading →

What We Do (Video)

Back in June, I posted the audio of a reading of a reading I did at Rosemont College. Thanks to my friend Christine Cavalier, we now have some video as well! In the first clip, I lay down the sound... Continue Reading →

What We Do

Here's a recording of the reading I did at Rosemont College on Monday. I originally wrote this piece for H. Conrad Miller's A Side of Writing blog, and I've always liked the sentiment it expresses about writing and the human... Continue Reading →

The Virtue of Being a Dilettante

Here's a link to a short piece on writing (or not writing, as the case may be) I wrote for The First Day: "Taking a Break (or The Virtue of Being a Dilettante."

Gorshinmania!

On this, the 50th anniversary of the Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan show, I thought I'd share a comedy sketch that I wrote for The Madhouse Theater Company, and which they performed last month at Montgomery County Community College.... Continue Reading →

The Thing About Acknowledgments

It's funny. Whenever I get to the end of a book and see an acknowledgments page, I feel a little disappointed. Granted, I've included acknowledgments pages in my own books, and I've been thrilled to see my name mentioned among... Continue Reading →

Free PDF E-Book from The Permanent Press

Whenever aspiring writers ask me for advice on finding a publisher, the first thing I say is to read a wide range of books from a wide range of publishers to find the right "fit." Of course, that can get... Continue Reading →

Is Nothing Sacred?

My short essay on religion and postmodernism, titled "Is Nothing Sacred?," is now up at The First Day. Here's an excerpt: Because we live in a world where so many different cultures live side-by-side, we’ve been forced to realize that... Continue Reading →

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