Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide

GUTSHOT STRAIGHT goes on sale next Tuesday and I hit the road the day after: 18 cities in 25 days (full book tour schedule here). By the standards of any self-respecting indie band living out of a 1988 Ford Econoline van, it’s not that brutal of a schedule, but I won’t have the redemptive power of rock and roll to sustain me. Or roadies.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Sleight of Hand

I hate it when writers who write about writing resort to forced, labored, pretentious analogies to illuminate the mysteries of the craft. Whenever I read something like, “Writing, when you think about it, is as delicate and sacred a process as butter-churning,” I picture that poor bastard of a simile shackled at the ankles and marching across a rice field in southern Louisiana

Friday, December 4, 2009

Bad Beats

A few nights ago I attended an author reading at Full Circle Books, the venerable and excellent indie bookstore here in Oklahoma City. The author was Hank Stuever, a Pulitzer-nominated journalist from the Washington Post whose new non-fiction book, TINSEL – about Christmas in the heart of 21st-century America (Frisco, Texas!) – is getting great reviews and making year-end best-of lists.