“Living Proof” in Writing from the Inside Out

I’m very pleased to announce that my essay, “Living Proof,” has just been published in Writing from the Inside Out, the publication of the Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking. Though the latest issue of the journal has yet to go online, you can download the essay by clicking on the following link: Living Proof. In the mean time, here’s a quick teaser:

All was not well in the Powers household.

When I arrived, dead, dry leaves from the previous fall were still lying in a heap at the front door. It was May. When Tom showed me into the house, it was filled top to bottom with his—crap is the only word that works. Boxing nun marionettes. Star Wars action figures. Painted rocks took up every available space on the sofa and chairs in front of the television. The mess flowed from one room to the next. Baby dolls. Broken toys. Space ships. Tom’s paintings. Everywhere. And I might not have minded so much if not for the fact that this wasn’t even Tom’s house. It was his parents’ house. He was thirty-six.

International Short Story Day

I always find out about these things long after they’ve stopped being news, but I’m told that today is International Short Story Day. To celebrate, here are a few links to short story sources you might enjoy:

  • Fiction by D. Thomas Minton Great short stories by a sci-fi writer I’ve quickly grown to admire!
  • Philadelphia Stories I used to be on their fiction board. Now I just read the magazine for fun. Great stuff.
  • Wild River Review They published my short story, “Slow.” How could I not link to them?
  • Tinge Published by one of my alma maters, Temple University. Always something interesting here.
  • Slab I wish I knew more about this journal. They published my short story “Mr. Schnell Feels Red.”
  • Tenth of December A wonderful short story by George Saunders.

Stranger Than Fiction?

A friend of mine just alerted me to a Craigslist Help Wanted ad for a “Giant Burrito Man or Woman.” The ad reads, “NEED 1 PERSON TO DRESS UP AS GIANT BURRITO, RUN AROUND THROWING BURRITOS AT BUILDINGS, OTHER PEOPLE, ETC. WE PROVIDE THE BURRITO COSTUME AND THE BURRITOS, BUT THIS IS AN UNPAID INTERNSHIP.” Additionally, the internship is described as “a great learning experience for those interested in burrito marketing.” I’ll just have to remember this the next time someone tells me that Charley Schwartz’s job as a giant dollar sign in The Grievers is a little over the top. At least Charley got paid — and he didn’t have to throw burritos at anyone! I only wish the ad included a photo of the costume.

If anyone spots the Giant Burrito Man — or any other anthropomorphic animals, food items, symbols, or icons — marching around your town, please feel free to post a photo, police sketch, or description below!