On The Ecstasy of Influence

My review of Jonathan Lethem’s The Ecstasy of Influence just went up at the New York Journal of Books. Here’s how it begins:

1. From the pages of my journal . . . Oct. 6, 2004: I met Jonathan Lethem today, but I accidentally made somewhat of an ass of myself.

To read on (or to read some of my other reviews), visit NYJB!

D. Thomas Minton Interview, Part Two

Heartfelt thanks once again to D. Thomas Minton as the second half of our conversation goes online! This time around, I answer questions about the craft of writing — namely, developing a narrative voice, the most common mistake beginning writers make, and whether I’m a plotter or a pantser. We also touch upon my love for talking animals and my prospects for taking a Russian rocket into space. Check it out! And when you’re done with the interview, check out Minton’s latest story, “Still Life Through Water Droplets” at Daily Science Fiction.

Thanks to D. Thomas Minton!

Big thanks to author D. Thomas Minton for chatting with me about my forthcoming novel, The Grievers, and posting the results on his blog! Over the past few months, I’ve become a big fan of his fiction, so it was an honor to share an advance copy of my novel with him and talk about writing, cheese steaks, and my tragic propensity for impersonating Malcolm Gladwell.

Click here to read the interview!

PS: If you’re a science-fiction fan, check out Minton’s short story “Observations on a Clock” in the current edition of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. It’s a smart, haunting story about faith and doubt that also taps into the zeitgeist 0f 2012 end-of-times hysteria. A great read!