Kelly Writers House

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I don’t remember when I first heard of Kelly Writers House, but it’s been on my radar for years. Today I finally paid a visit. What a great idea/spot/institution. The house–it’s literally one, though it has no full-time residents (it … Continued

SF vis-a-vis modernism and prog-rock

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Last semester I taught a class on Science Fiction and another on Modernism. They had more in common than I might have thought, so I wrote an article about that. This morning, that article was published by OMNI (especially fitting … Continued

What I’ve Been Reading

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In short, lots. Since the beginning of summer, I’ve read (or reread): Zero K, Don DeLillo Six Years, Harlen Coben Kiss the Girls, James Patterson London Fields, Martin Amis Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari This Changes … Continued


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Yesterday I spoke to a couple of hundred students in my friend Pete Barraza’s classes at Samohi (Santa Monica High School) about writing, persistence, killing darlings, publishing, books, BMX, guitar, defamiliarization, East of Eden, Oprah Winfrey, James Frey, “The Dead,” plot, character(ization), … Continued