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More Sketchy Thoughts on Slaughterhouse Five

A while back, I posted some thoughts on whether or not Billy Pilgrim is hallucinating when he's visited by aliens in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five. I'm teaching the novel again this week, an my thoughts have turned to the issue... Continue Reading →

Is Billy Pilgrim Crazy?

A student of mine recently asked whether Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist (for lack of a better word) of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, has, within the context of the narrative (such as it is) really experienced a close encounter with aliens... Continue Reading →

Local Authors Recommend…

Big thanks to Nicolette Milholin for including me in her Montgomery News article on the books that local authors recommend for avid readers this holiday season! It's great to be in such good company... Other authors interviewed for this article... Continue Reading →

I’ll Blurb Your Book…

Today's shirt design was inspired by the fine gentlemen at Bookfight, who have recently begun to curate a collection of bad blurbs.

A Kind of Jesus Figure

Here's another passage I had to cut from The Grievers when I changed Charley's job from being a teacher to being a human dollar sign. Of course, I probably would have cut this passage regardless. I think it's a little... Continue Reading →

Thanks to Curt Smith & Prime Number!

Big thanks to Curt Smith for his glowing review of The Grievers in Prime Number: A Journal of Distinctive Poetry and Prose. The piece also includes an interview in which I opine on various topics including whether or not a... Continue Reading →

Getting Far

In an earlier draft of The Grievers, the narrator's life was closer to my own than in the version that eventually found its way to publication. One major similarity was that Charley and I were both teachers -- a detail... Continue Reading →

The Grievers: Kindle Edition Now Available

Just a quick note to say that the Kindle edition of The Grievers is now available on Amazon. And if you've ever wondered what it would be like to hear a robot read a story about a man dressed as... Continue Reading →

The Grievers: Available for Preorder

Though it won't be in print until May 1, I wanted to share the news that my second novel, The Grievers, is now available for pre-order at Amazon. I'm especially excited that a handful of my favorite writers have offered... Continue Reading →

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