I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
Wed, Dec 30 2009 06:01 PM | The Road
GUTSHOT STRAIGHT goes on sale next Tuesday and I hit the road the day after: 18 cities in 25 days (full book tour schedule here). By the standards of any self-respecting indie band living out of a 1988 Ford Econoline van, it’s not that brutal of a schedule, but I won’t have the redemptive power of rock and roll to sustain me. Or roadies.
Sleight of Hand
Fri, Dec 11 2009 12:32 PM | Shameful Self-Promotion
I hate it when writers who write about writing resort to forced, labored, pretentious analogies to illuminate the mysteries of the craft. Whenever I read something like, “Writing, when you think about it, is as delicate and sacred a process as butter-churning,” I picture that poor bastard of a simile shackled at the ankles and marching across a rice field in southern Louisiana
Fri, Dec 4 2009 05:06 PM | Craft of Writing
A few nights ago I attended an author reading at Full Circle Books, the venerable and excellent indie bookstore here in Oklahoma City. The author was Hank Stuever, a Pulitzer-nominated journalist from the Washington Post whose new non-fiction book, TINSEL – about Christmas in the heart of 21st-century America (Frisco, Texas!) – is getting great reviews and making year-end best-of lists.
Gutshot Straight's Second Review
Mon, Nov 16 2009 03:51 PM | Shameful Self-Promotion
The Booklist review for GUTSHOT STRAIGHT just came out and it’s starred. All I can say is: Wow. (Well, what I actually said, upon reading this review, was a string of jubilantly grateful profanity punctuated at the end by “Wow.”)
Riding Along - Part 2
Thu, Nov 12 2009 04:35 PM | Field Report
Good Cop/Bad Cop can be a great narrative device if approached in a fresh way (one of the best versions of all time is in L.A. CONFIDENTIAL). In real life, though, the dynamic can be a lot more complex.