Events? Oh yes.
I have a couple of events coming up in the next two months, about which you can find some details here. I’m genuinely unsure of what I’ll be reading at them — probably something from Ex-Members in Middletown, but possibly something new (or vaguely new) at the Manhattan and/or Queens readings. We’ll see.
Recent Writing: Early February 2023
I’m very happy to have new writing in the New York Times Book Review – specifically, a look at three books set in New York City. That includes novels by Matthew Salesses and Dan Kois and a memoir by Patrick Bringley. Spoiler: I enjoyed and was impressed by all three. I have a pair of…
Taught a course this week.
This week I made my way to Frenchtown, NJ to teach a class at Frenchtown Bookshop. I’m eternally grateful to the store’s owner and the attendees for being understanding when I hit some apocalyptic traffic between Brooklyn and Frenchtown, and I had a fine time once I arrived. Frenchtown Bookshop also has a penchant for…
New Year, New Interview
Got to chat with the esteemed Jasmine Dreame Wagner for BOMB! I think it’s safe to say that we went down some fairly deep 90s-NYC wormholes over the course of the conversation. Shows I can definitely remember seeing at Coney Island High include Superdrag when they were touring for Regretfully Yours, what I believe was a…
As I write this, there’s all of one day left in the year. And, as of a few hours ago, the last year-end piece I contributed to was published. So consider this a kind of omnibus of all four of them… At InsideHook…I wrote about ten books that had especially impressed me over the course…
HOLIDAY CUSTOMS OF NEW JERSEY TOWNS, EPISODE 14: Okcidenta
Travel to the end of the interstate highway near the border of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and you’ll find what remains of the town of Okcidenta, founded in 1923 and later abandoned after the mayor and town council were implicated in a horse racing scandal. The town council numbered twenty-six residents in total; the town’s…