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Generation Yawn

By May 6, 2013 no comments Permalink

W e were sitting in a booth at a roadside restaurant. We’d driven 10 hours that day, on our way home to New York, through the hills and hollows and flatlands of a bleary winter stretch of the Carolinas into Virginia. The hotel we had checked into was a discount chain off the highway, behind…

The Maddening Math of Being a Writer

By October 2, 2012 21 comments Permalink

As a creative person, I’ve always had a distaste for math. Me and numbers just never got along. If there was a numerical equivalent of dyslexia, I’d have it. Two times. I’ve often joked that my talents lie so heavily on the right side of my brain, my head tilts in that direction. Thankfully, I’ve…

Dark Reads for Your Bright Summer Day

By July 13, 2012 81 comments Permalink

Summer reading is usually associated with breezy books to be enjoyed poolside or at the beach. There’s a popular correlation between lighter reading material and the hotter months, but the idea of darker narratives strikes me as a way to stay cool during the long days of summer. Dipping into a deep and stylish mystery…

Parental Inspired Nostalgia

By October 17, 2011 143 comments Permalink

I must be nostalgic. Both of my novels are set in the early 90s. A time when media was a mix of radio, music videos and a handful of decent cable channels. Personal communication mostly took place face to face, through letters or our parents’ telephone lines. Video games were still played in arcades. Adage…

The October Outrage

By October 12, 2011 128 comments Permalink

The presidential election was going exactly as many informed observers had expected. The narrative seemed obvious, to many of us, all along. I predicted in July 2011 that Mitt Romney would win the Republican nomination. A year out from the election, I challenged the notion that an Obama reelection was hampered by economic calculus because…