Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Literary Death Match (LDM) is coming back to San Diego on Tuesday, October 12 -- and I'm on the bill this time.

I'll be reading along with Jim Ruland, Justin Hudnall and more.

Details here.

Now I just have to figure out which story to read...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010

My William Vollmann Story

Back in July, Jim Ruland interviewed me for his Vermin on the Mount blog. He asked about the most unusual experience I've ever had at a reading.

Here's what I had to say...

"Many years ago I saw William Vollmann read at the Booksmith in San Francisco. He walked into the store, stood at the lectern, took a sip of water, and pulled out a gun. Three or four times throughout the reading, he picked up the gun, aimed it at the ceiling, and pulled the trigger. The gun, of course, wasn’t real; it was a cap gun, but it was fucking loud, and I was sitting in the first row. My ears were still ringing the next morning. Vollmann was weird and edgy and intense. He wore a white t-shirt and stalkeresque windbreaker. His glasses were very large. In The Catcher in the Rye, doesn’t Holden say something about how wouldn’t it be great if you read a book and could then call the writer on the phone and become pals? I wouldn’t want to call William Vollmann."

Coloring Is My Dream

More quotable quotes from my five-year-old son Ethan...

"Can I marry a girl or a boy?"

"Hollywood? There's no such thing as Hollywood."

"Coloring is my dream. I color every day."

"I'm going to be Teddy Roosevelt for Halloween. Next year I'm going to be Albert Einstein." *

"Are your bones glued together?"

"These socks are really stretchy and good for doing things and maybe like killing bad guys."

"PBS Kids is real."

"Too bad everyone doesn't have penises."

* Ethan is also currently writing a book about our 26th president.