Off Topic: My Thoughts on Pursuing an MFA

At long last I’m returning to the blog after a summer (and then some) of, well, screwing around. In this post, I expand on some remarks I made in answer to a column in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled “M.F.A. Fever.” The column takes up the challenges of advising students who seem to have…

More on Typewriters: Auster’s “Reading With My Fingers”

I'm still on my summer hiatus for a few more weeks, but wanted to follow up on an earlier post about why I've abandoned writing on a computer and returned to the typewriter. In that post, I noted the word processing program on your computer is itself an impediment to productivity. How so? Ease of…

Housebreaking the Muse: Excerpt

The following is a draft excerpt from my novel in progress, Housebreaking the Muse. The novel is haunted by the character of Jacques Rigaut, the French dadaist, gigolo, drug addict, dandy, and suicide. At irregular intervals throughout the novel, we listen in on the interior monologue of Rigaut on the the night of his suicide.…