Category Archives: Writing

Jennifer Egan’s “Black Box”

Last week @NYerFiction tweeted Jennifer Egan’s 8500 word thriller, “Black Box,” in nightly installments. Because the story was finished before publication, calling it serial fiction feels like a stretch. Calling it brilliant, however, does not. Read it in full here. … Continue reading

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Ham on Rye

Bukowski is a genius. Ham on Rye is genius. The scene in the classroom, with the autistic kid masturbating to the English teacher was genius–had me laughing so loudly at Potbelly that my giggles drowned out the rising star playing … Continue reading

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The editing process

I wrote something about editing but then edited it down to this.

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750 Words.

I place full blame on this site, this one right here: 750words.com for any lapse in posting. The concept of the site is to write 750 words a day, everyday, and the guy who created it added a few incentives to … Continue reading

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The Knickerbocker Rule

When asked how one becomes a writer, my grandfather, Conrad Knickerbocker, would answer: “You apply ass to chair.” To some, this became known as the Knickerbocker Rule. Though it sounds like a sergeant’s tedious demand for discipline, there is hope in this method. … Continue reading

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