Random Notes

Miami vice…

January 30, 2013

Back to Blood By Tom Wolfe Little, Brown (This review was originally published in The Washington Independent Review of Books on January 28, 2013) I dreamed I was in Tom Wolfe’s outlandishly superficial, depressing new novel, Back to Blood. (Note: the following two paragraphs contain material that may not be, er, suitable for all readers. […]


Pepperland – Live at The Tattered Cover – May 2013

January 21, 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

December 31, 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 […]


T C Boyle would like a (very) quiet word with you

November 18, 2012

San Miguel By T. C. Boyle Viking, 384 pages (This review was originally published by the Washington Independent Review of Books on November 16, 2012.) Thomas Coraghessan Boyle, speaking of his novel Greasy Lake, about three hipster college kids, told The Paris Review that, “the world, far from being your oyster, is a dangerous place […]


Pepperland coming Spring 2013…

October 18, 2012

News flash!  Pepperland – the novel – will be published in the spring of 2013 by Running Meter Press, an imprint of Big Earth Publishing of Boulder, CO!  Paperback and ebook. Let’s rock. Think the Ramones meet Jane Fonda meets Bill Gates. What? Pepperland is a noir love letter to the magic of music, the […]