My FALSE IDOLS co-authors, Lisa Klink and Diana Renn and I, had a great interview with Laura Brennan of the Destination Mystery podcast. Episode 59: Lisa Klink, Patrick Lohier, and Diana Renn
I had a fun interview with John Anealio and Patrick Hester, hosts of the Functional Nerds podcast. Check it out. Functional Nerds: Episode 348
My first book is coming out at the end of January! (My second book will follow a few months later). I co-wrote False Idols with two amazing writers: Lisa Klink, a Los Angeles-based veteran tv writer and former Jeopardy! champion, and Diana Renn, an author, primarily of young-adult novels, who lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
I was thrilled to learn recently that Night Shade Books, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, is in the midst of reprinting paperback editions of seven of science fiction author Greg Egan’s works that have been out of print in the U.S. I reached out to Skyhorse Publishing and was able to find out some of […]
The experience of reading Richard McGuire’s Here bends the mind. My initial reaction was tentative, even puzzled. But I soon found myself immersed and often moved. Here has the surprising depth of a magician’s top hat. The combination of the surreal and the nostalgic are mesmerizing. The book is an ingenious epic of time and […]
The title of Rivka Galchen’s short story collection American Innovations is significant. Most, if not all, of the ten stories are takes on classics: James Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, Borges’ “The Aleph”, Gogol’s “The Nose”, etc. Ergo innovations. These are updates, American-set riffs and reboots of canonical stories. All of the stories […]
In early September, following the release of a video showing NFL running back Ray Rice hitting his wife Janay Rice in an elevator, the Baltimore Ravens terminated Rice’s contract and the NFL suspended him indefinitely from the league. This follows an event in April, when an audio recording of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling […]
For over 30 years, Charles Burns has quietly carved out a reputation as one of the most talented and compelling cartoonists of his generation. In 2010, X’ed Out appeared, billed as the first installment of a trilogy. The second installment, The Hive, appeared in 2012. The last installment of the trilogy, Sugar Skull, is due […]
To some in the West, the traditional clothes of Muslim women, the hijab and the niqab, are symbols of “the other,” anxiety-provoking obstacles. For many, the clothing incites curiosity: what are the unique experiences of Muslim women? In her newly translated novel Mirrors and Mirages Monia Mazigh reveals the personal and intimate lives of an ensemble of Muslim women in […]
Philip Roth has been firmly ensconced in America’s literary pantheon for over fifty years. In her new book, Roth Unbound: The Writer and His Books, New Yorker staff writer Claudia Roth Pierpont gives us an excellent survey of Roth’s life and work. Read my review here.