Thursday, June 23, 2011

Preorder Pear Noir! #6

You can do that here.

The issue features my story "Look," as well as work from Amelia Gray, Mark Strand, William Fitzsimmons, Jamie Iredell, Salvatore Pane and more.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

"My Daddy" by Ethan Roe

My dad is as handsome as me. He weighs 34 pounds and is 50 feet tall. Dad looks funny when he plays jokes on me. Every day I would like him to play with me. I wouldn’t trade my Daddy for my toys. He likes to play with me and his favorite food is granola bars. Dad likes to go to the park. He is really good at cooking. If Daddy had one wish he would wish for a toy Superman.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

July 5 Event: Writings on Independence

Here's some info about an event that will feature my short story "My Status."

Very excited about this. If you live in Southern California, it would be great to see you there!

Note: Despite the event's title and date, I will not be wearing a powdered wig.

And here's more info.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Other Woman

My story "The Other Woman" is part of the new issue of Wrong Tree Review.

The issue also includes work by Molly Gaudry, Brandi Wells, J. Bradley and many other fine folks.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Maybe I Want a Pep-Talk: David Foster Wallace and Don DeLillo

I've always been interested in the correspondence between David Foster Wallace and Don DeLillo -- two of my all-time favorite writers.

The two wrote each other for years. From what I understand, there's a father-son/mentor-student-type component to the letters and their relationship.

Wallace and DeLillo's letters are now part of the Wallace archive at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas. (DeLillo's archive is there as well.)

Max Ross recently paid a visit and wrote about it.

Ross focuses quite a bit on the Wallace-DeLillo letters:

"In editing his sentences, Wallace edited his thoughts; and in editing his thoughts, he edited himself. Nowhere is this struggle more transparent, and more devastating, than in his correspondence with Don DeLillo. There’s one letter in particular that seems to pit Wallace the Writer vs. Wallace the Compassionate Guy He Wants to Be. The Wallace that emerges from that particular fight is a devastatingly confused guy.

"Many of his letters to DeLillo were advice-seeking, favor-seeking, and comically respectful, full of apologies and thank-yous. There’s something childish – boyish – filial in all Wallace’s letters to DeLillo, and in certain missives he wondered explicitly if he were looking for approval (10/10/95: “Maybe I want a pep-talk”). For today’s literary voyeurs, a big part of what gives the letters their intimacy is that both writers copyedit them, and so the pages are messy with handwritten insertions. Wallace and DeLillo weren’t afraid to show each other their mistakes, and there’s something powerful in that..."

There are two places in the world I'd really like to go to. One is Machu Picchu. The other is The Ransom Center.