Public Displays of Affectation

In addition to working on my own writing, I’ve been helping my friend Shaun Haurin with a collection of short stories titled Public Displays of Affectation. It’s the last book I’ll be working on for PS Books, and I’ve had a hand in almost all aspects of the production — working with Shaun on the manuscript and book design, and even editing the book trailer. The book isn’t due until September, but here’s a sneak peak at the trailer…

PS: The music in this trailer is by a band called The Novenas. Check them out!

“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.