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Back in the Saddle

I know it’s been about a billion years since I’ve posted anything on this blog.  But I’m back in the saddle again.

I have a few items of news.  First of all, I had the tremendous honor of interviewing Frans de Waal, a brilliant guy and sort of a personal hero of mine, for Religion Dispatches.  He discusses veneer theory, social/moral behavior in animals, and other stuff that I’m obsessed with.

Also, I wrote a short essay about Psalm 8 for Harper’s Magazine (the cover piece in the June issue, which just came out!).  It’s about the 400 year anniversary of the King James Bible: a round robin of sorts of essays and poems about various parts of the KJV.  The other pieces are by John Banville, Charles Baxter, Dan Chiasson, Paul Guest, Howard Jacobson and Marilynne Robinson, which is a whale of a lineup.

And that ain’t all!   I have a longish short story in Volume 56 of the spectacular literary journal Conjunctions, which also just hit the stands.  Also in the issue is an amazing story by my good friend Alexandra Kleeman, who also recently published a story in the Paris Review, and who I challenge you to not a little fall in love with while watching her cover Prince on her ukelele:

Alexandra’s story is The Brief History of Weather.  Mine is titled The Minus World, which you may recognize is a Super Mario Bros. reference:

Not only have I known Alexandra for about nine years (we both hail from Boulder, Colorado), but we are both reading from Conjunctions:56: Terra Incognita: The Voyage Issue at its release party at Book Court in Brooklyn this Friday evening at 7, along with Peter Straub and Tim Horvath, with Susan Daitch emceeing.  I insist you come.  Plus I think there’ll be booze, if you’re into that.

And finally, everyone should immediately go out and buy Anna North’s book, America Pacifica, which comes out today, I believe.  It’s fucking awesome.


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Last night was the first official public event for The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, at Book Court in Brooklyn.  It was a hell of a lot of fun.  Meanwhile, check out Christopher R. Beha’s fantastic review that will be appearing in this weekend’s New York Times Sunday Book Review.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal

Things are heating up as the book is about to drop in T-minus 20 days.  So, some news.  In recent months, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore was chosen for Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Program, and for Indie Bound’s Indie Next List.  If you’re in the New York City area, please come on down to the first official reading from it at Book Court in Brooklyn at 7:00 on February 3rd.  The week after that I’m reading at 7:00 the Barnes & Noble at 86th & Lexington, so come to that one too, and bring twenty or thirty of your closest friends.  Also, my editor, Cary Goldstein, has just become the top dog at Twelve.

My book was also chosen for The New Yorker Book Club! I’ll be doing a live chat with The New Yorker book club on February 22 at 2:00 pm EST, so set your alarm clocks.

There’s other stuff to come.  I’m going to spruce up my website a little before the book hits the shelves, and stuff like that.  Ciao.

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