Published: “White Girl” (Redux)

I have to interrupt this eventful brief hiatus again to announce that my short story "White Girl," first published in summer 2016 in the now-defunct Amaranth Review, appears once more, free to read in its entirety, at Expat Press's website. Please click here to read it. If you have read it and would like, for … Continue reading Published: “White Girl” (Redux)

José Revueltas, The Hole

The Hole by José Revueltas My rating: 3 of 5 stars The Hole was written in Mexico City's Lecumberri Penitentiary in 1969 and published the same year; a classic of Latin American literature, one that Valeria Luiselli claims on the back cover has informed the works of Bolaño and Aira, the novella appears for the … Continue reading José Revueltas, The Hole

Published: “White Girl”

My short story, "White Girl," which I had thought too controversial to be published even before it took on a new and ghastly relevance this summer, appears in the first issue of the brand-new (and especially beautiful) Amaranth Review. You can read the inaugural issue in its entirety here; my story starts on page 70. Its … Continue reading Published: “White Girl”

Short Story: “The Embrace”

Introduction The person who made the statement quoted (not quite verbatim, so please don't go googling) in the eighth numbered section of my post on Jimmy Corrigan is the editor of a journal that published a short story of mine last year. At $10 a copy, this journal is probably not reaching very many people, and … Continue reading Short Story: “The Embrace”

Published: “Sweet Angry God”

Please click here for a free pdf of my latest short story, published in the December issue of Writing Raw (and check out the rest of the issue!). Writing Raw prefaces each story with a brief description; here is their teaser for mine: When her sister announces that is absconding with a dubious man attracted … Continue reading Published: “Sweet Angry God”

Published: “They Are in the Truth”

"They Are in the Truth" by John Pistelli. Please click to read my short story, "They Are in the Truth," published in The Stockholm Review of Literature. I think it is the best story I've written. It is a slightly surreal and comic-menacing narrative about the timeless problem of art vs. everyday life and the … Continue reading Published: “They Are in the Truth”

“The Embrace”

My short story, "The Embrace"—in my view, the best of my short stories to be published so far—appears in Vol. 3 of Winter Tangerine Review, an ebook version of which you can download instantly for $10. To arouse your interest in this tale about mothers and daughters, mollusks and marriage, adolescence and the ocean, sex … Continue reading “The Embrace”

Rebecca Harding Davis, Life in the Iron Mills

Life in the Iron Mills and Other Stories by Rebecca Harding Davis My rating: 5 of 5 stars This debut novella by Rebecca Harding Davis, first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1861, is now a classic after its rescue from oblivion by Tillie Olsen and the Feminist Press in the 1970s. An early example … Continue reading Rebecca Harding Davis, Life in the Iron Mills

Daniel Clowes, Ghost World

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another re-read for the graphic novel class I'm teaching. I did not know what to expect. Somewhere or other in his voluminous Livejournal archive, the musician/theorist Momus brought some nuance to the common theory of cultural cycles. The styles of whatever past decade we … Continue reading Daniel Clowes, Ghost World