Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Win a Free Copy of 3Ms

Write a story - fiction or nonfiction - set around Christmas time, though it doesn't have to be pro-Xmas, or even involving anyone who is Christian. For details, see my latest Huff Po piece, "Don't Get an MFA-Write a Story, Win a Prize."

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Memoirs are the New Novel: Here's to "Life with Sudden Death"

I've finally gotten a chance to write more fully about Michael Downing's remarkable memoir on Huffington Post.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Life with Sudden Death - A Must Read

The world is full of memoirs and many of them are wonderful. One that's just out and needs your attention is Michael Downing's brilliant, harrowing Life with Sudden Death: A Tale of Moral Hazard and Medical Misadventure. Downing was the last of 9 children in a happy family in Western, MA, where everything changed when he was 3 and his father died suddenly. Part I is about Downing's childhood; Part II is about what happens when the same thing befalls one of his brothers: sudden death in the midst of a very full life. Turns out Downing has the same gene lying in wait for him too, which is where the "medical misadventure" comes in. If A Year of Magical Thinking is more your taste than Running with Scissors, I'll go out on the limb and say you'd like Life with Sudden Death, maybe as much as I did.

Raves For Mentors, Muses & Monsters

The book is available Oct. 27. The reviews are coming in from Oprah Magazine, Elle, AARP Magazine, Booklist, and many far-flung blogs: They like us, they really like us.

Check the blog for updates:

And thanks for your interest.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Me, Talking About Sex & Writing on ABC Radio Australia

ABC is the NPR-like national radio in Australia. Somehow they caught wind of The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers in August 2009. Take a look, take a listen:

Mentors, Muses & Monsters


Saturday, April 18, 2009

YouTube Symphony @ Carnegie Hall

I've not been much of a blogger for the last 1000 months - too busy writing, reading, and starting a new business (

I do have a book coming out in the fall (more on that when the cover art is finalized) but in the meantime, I'm branching out and here is my first music-ish review, on the very wonderful new site, The Rumpus (

Thanks for checking in.