Archive for the ‘Scribblings’ Category

And now you find yourself in 1982…

Friday, September 20th, 2013

VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First WaveGavin EdwardsAtria Books The Kennedy Chronicles: The Golden Age of MTV Through Rose-Colored GlassesKennedyThomas Dunne Books (This review originally appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books)   “We’re the reason you have no attention span. And you can pin reality TV on us too. You’re welcome.”   (Mark […]

How high the Moon…

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

The Fun Stuffby James Wood,340 pages James Wood is one of my favorite critics, The New Yorker, et al. My copy of How Fiction Works from a few years back is beat up and dog-eared. Wonderful.  The opening essay in his fine new collection of pieces about grand writers from Thomas Hardy, Tolstoy, Cormac McCarthy to the […]


Saturday, March 16th, 2013

If you crossed Patti Smith (shaman rock ‘n roller, poet, writer) with Vladimir Nabokov (in his lecturer guise) with Steven Wright (deadpan comic famous for his one liners) you’d have something sort of close to Mary Ruefle. Well, not really. But if you’re a writer, this book’s for you. And judging by the number of […]

Pepperland – Live at The Tattered Cover – May 2013

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Pepperland – my new novel, slated for a May 2013 release date, will shake, rattle and roll into Denver’s LoDo District with a live, in-person authorial appearance at one of the great American bookstores–The Tattered Cover. Can’t get much better than that. If you’re anywhere in the western third of these United States in late […]

Best reads of 2012 – a pretty good year

Monday, December 31st, 2012

I suppose these are in a sort of order, but fear not – they’re all outstanding. And they’re not all new books, there’s a little backtracking going on here. Fiction Gods Without Men, by Hari Kunzru Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut (Why’d it take me 43 years to read it? Dunno. So it goes.) A Naked […]