Tuesday, June 26, 2007

400 words

i have a very short nonfiction piece @ 400 words today.

it is nonfiction because it's true, right?

finished re-editing THE PUPILS OF AN INFLATED GIRAFFE. it was funny to rework on something i finished 3-4 years ago and haven't looked at since. almost like doing play-doh with someone else's work. i was happily surprised with things i'd forgotten about it. several parts needed work and it was fun to apply new brain to old brain output. i quite like what it is now. i am happy.

about to began new draft of INVISIBLE ERRORS. or maybe i'll chill on that and work on short stuff. very short stuff.

i got gary lutz's new book PARTIAL LIST OF PEOPLE TO BLEACH today in the mail. excitement.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

cormac on oprah

did anyone else see oprah's 'exclusive' interview with cormac mccarthy?

did it remind anyone else of the chris farley show?

you think when you finally get a 'reclusive author' to open up on one of the biggest shows on television that you might be able to ask more provocative questions than a whole segment about punctuation.

"so, like, you don't use much puncutation and stuff. why?"

i liked how oprah kept putting her hand on her face in deep thought whenever cormac did. and how she just seemed so wowed by every word that fell out of his mouth even when he was just kind of rambling.

maybe next someone could set up paris hilton to go interview thomas pynchon.

actually... that'd be pretty awesome.


on another note, if you've never read mccarthy's SUTTREE (which is probably the book of his that i hear people talking about the least, even though it is by far, to me, the most incredible) you should get on it.

Saturday, June 16, 2007


i interviewed Nick Antosca for Word Riot

i reviewed Miranda Mellis's THE REVISIONIST for Bookslut
and Steven Gillis's GIRAFFES for Bookslut

the title for the ms i've been trying pick a title for i think i've settled with INVISIBLE ERRORS for the moment. that sounds pretty okay, at least right now.

i am halfway finished editing THE PUPILS OF AN INFLATED GIRAFFE.

slash and burn?

Friday, June 15, 2007


I haven't read a book in a month.
That is strange for me because usually i read 4-5 books per month, but i just havent been able to find the time/will/want/nerve/head to sit down and pay attention.

The only thing i've been able to take in any of is Richard Brautigan's In Watermelon Sugar, which I read a long time ago. It is phrased in little splurts and is unlike anything else i've read. even that though i can't quite keep at for long. i don't know where my brain is.

i like this line from that book: "He crossed the bridge without stepping on that board Margaret always steps on and couldn't miss if the bridge were seven miles wide."

i've had the same 10 books sitting on my 'read next' pile for about 3 months:
BEFORE YOU SHE WAS A PIT BULL by Elizabeth Ellen, CURSED FROM BIRTH by William S Burroughs Jr., AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RED by Anne Carson, VARIETIES OF DISTURBANCE by Lydia Davis, the new issue of DISLOCATE.

i also have been waiting to reread THE HUNDRED BROTHERS by Donald Antrim and THE DOCTOR IS SICK by Anthony Burgess

i've been in the middle of David Markson's THE LAST NOVEL for about 2 months also. usually i read his books in a day.

i want to read but i can't do it.

i haven't made it through a movie in the last 5-8 times i've rented movies.

i dont know where my head is
ive been finding it hard to pay attention when writing
i'm trying to editing two manuscripts at once and i can only do it in short bursts.

i've been running a lot. i weigh less now than i have at any time in my life as an adult. less than right after i lost 80 pounds between 10th and 11th grade from basically not eating.

where are my appetites
where is a lot

last night i went to the clermont lounge and saw middle aged strippers with pot bellies and i smiled more than i have in a while

wax/wane is a funny process
writing/reading is sometimes from hell

Saturday, June 9, 2007

i will become a mexican

i have a poem i wrote as an email
live now up at 3AM

thank you to tao lin for publishing it.

also, the 4th and final part in my serial essay about eating continuously for 14 hours a ryan's steakhouse is now live (and also posted in full) at HOBART