A few months ago, I wrote to Exacting Clam Editor Guillermo Stitch with a strange pitch: I wanted to write a story for Issue 7 that somehow incorporated other writing from that issue. The result of that experiment, a story called “The Word Party,” has just been published. Thanks so much to Guillermo and Exacting Clam Publisher Jacob Smullyan for letting me give this a try.
Thanks to Sarah Woodruff for including Golden Delicious in this list of "Seven Absurd Books for Absurd Times."
I was delighted to learn that Big Giant Floating Head has been selected for Fiction Honors in the 2019 Massachusetts Book Awards. My congratulations, too, to the other winners and honorees: Ocean Vuong, Jennifer Acker, Grace Talusan, Holly Jackson, Kerri K. Greenidge, Karen Skolfield, Oliver de la Paz, Andrea Cohen, Raúl the Third, Mo Willems, Micha Archer, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Rajani LaRocca and Kip Wilson. More information about the Massachusetts Book Awards is available here.
I'm thrilled to announce that Big Giant Floating Head has been selected as a 2019 Massachusetts Book Award "Must Read." It's in great company, too—other recipients include Ocean Vuong, Mona Awad, Christopher Castellani, Whitney Scharer and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Please click here to view the full list of winners.
Wow — I’m so grateful to Joseph Houlihan for his review of Big Giant Floating Head in the new Rain Taxi Review of Books. Mr Houlihan calls me “the next Kafka of the American Idyll,” and says that the novel “captures the precariousness of striving towards intimacy and security in contemporary America.” Click here to order the issue!
My interview with Chris Maccini at Spokane Public Radio will be broadcast as part of tomorrow's Northwest Arts Review program at 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) on KPBX 91.1 and again at 3:30 p.m. on KSFC. Please tune in if you can!
Update (11/21): The interview is archived here.
I was thrilled to return to the TK Podcast to talk about my writing process and my new novel with my good friend James Scott. Please click here to hear the episode.
I'm saying a big giant floating thank-you to the universe on the publication day of my new novel, Big Giant Floating Head. Please click here to read more about the novel that Jonathan Lethem calls "heartbreaking and hilarious in the manner of Brautigan and Flann O'Brien, or a Krazy Kat comic redrawn by M.C. Escher" and Mona Awad hails as "hilarious, dark and stunningly surreal."
There's a new story of mine over at Electric Literature, which has been one of my favorite online literary publications for years. Please click here to read "Success Story."