Craft Notes: Paul West’s Technical Advice for Fiction Writers, Part II

The novelist Paul West has had the greatest influence on my development as a writer. I first had the great fortune of encountering this member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, winner of the Prix Médicis and the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, Literary Lion of the New York Public Library system, and…

The Aliens Have Landed, and They’re Wearing Gold Lamé: Monday, August 18, 1969

Repost Update: Hard to believe I wrote this piece of (I guess you could call it) flash fiction in 2009. Considering we've managed to blast forward another five years, I thought I'd mark the 45 years since that odd pow wow in upstate New York and give the post another ride at the top of…

Rolled Steel Elegy

(spam poem by Edward Desautels) prisoners at any expense and nothing on earth to be done she was the cause of our belonging our town cried the bitterest stream leaned back in its chair and saw that I was looking looking at its cleanliness and order, still the placid face across the stream the tumbled…