Random Notes

Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia

September 7, 2013

Just reread this 1993 play, prompted by a recent piece in the New Yorker. It’s a wonderful work, probably one of the best dramas of the last 50 years, masterfully blending the past and present in the same setting, exploring sex, truth, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Yes, you got that right. You know, […]

Bozos on the fiction bus?


Once again, David Shields tosses a literary grenade across the table, challenging everything we think we know about fiction. (Everything we know is wrong? Are we all bozos on this bus?) A fervent provocateur for a complete re-thinking of how we write and think about books (novels mostly), Shields continues his advocacy of collage – […]

On the road again…

August 5, 2013
Pepperland in Brooklyn

Peddling Pepperland in July! DC, New York, Minneapolis…

“An effervescent momentum…”


ForeWord Reviews loves Pepperland! Read it here!

Talking big on Chicago’s WGN Radio…

July 6, 2013
Barry Wightman on WGN 2013

Had a great time chatting with WGN Weekend host Bill Moller a while back – talkin’ college, books and the twists and turns of life. Listen up: