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
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
I’m a terrible blogger. Thing is, see, I’m a novelist, and even though I’m currently on sabbatical, time is still at a premium and in general I want to pour my good energy into my fiction. Still, I reckon I … Continued
I’ve been doing a bunch of readings around Oahu and failing to document them, in part because after the first of them I came down with a 104-degree fever that threw me off my game for a minute. Mainly, though, … Continued
Proof that in the time it takes to grow a novel, one can also grow a daughter.
This is happening in a few hours–should be fun.
Nice review of King of the Worlds in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser this morning. “If Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams had a baby, it would look a lot like ‘King of the Worlds.’ With its tongue-in-cheek humor and intelligent allusions, this … Continued
Art Edwards has a keen eye for literary pedigree: Roth, Vonnegut, and Wallace were absolutely some of the writers I channeled in writing this book, not to mention some of my favorites of all time. I think of King of the … Continued
Yesterday I had the pleasure of running a session at the Ko’olau Writer’s Workshop in Kaneohe. If there’s a more beautiful campus on the planet, I’d like to know about it. I did a lesson entitled “Exercises in Style,” inspired … Continued
Ian MacMillan was, simply put, the best writing teacher I’ve ever had; so when Rachel Wolf at the Hawaii Review asked me to judge this year’s Ian MacMillan fiction contest, I was genuinely honored to do it. Before I give … Continued