Merry and Bright!

I must have been extra nice this year, because Santa hooked me up with some amazing end-of-year goodies: A rave review of PANORAMA CITY in the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW by the inimitable Adam Ross!* I’ll be interviewed on Michael Silverblatt’s BOOKWORM on January 3rd (2:30 pm on KCRW and elsewhere) and in perpetuity on the podcast. (I’ve been a fan of this radio … Continue reading Merry and Bright!

The Dark Magic of Author Photos

I have a confession to make about my author photo: It’s a lie. Heavily retouched, populated with “reader-friendly” elements, what you see to the right is a complete fabrication. I don’t own a dog. (I accumulate cats.) I don’t ride old-school, vintage, soulful longboards. (I ride short boards, newish ones, and I’m an aggro frothing spazz.) I’ve usually got a beard or mustache going. The … Continue reading The Dark Magic of Author Photos

Blammo! New Tab!

I’ve added a tab over there on the right (“NEIGHBORS’) to spruce things up around here. Now Starring… The temporary home of poet G.M. Quinte, currently residing in his cousin’s guesthouse and on my server. Stunningly opaque free verse. The Slow Paparazzo. His motto: “Right Place + Wrong Time = 100% Fame.” Jean-Jacques Arsenault’s inspirational self-published coffee table book, Shopping Carts of Panorama City Continue reading Blammo! New Tab!

As Told To

Lookie what I found in my inbox! Veronique du Turenne was down Mexico way recently for the Guadalajara International Book Fair, where she snapped this significant shot of a massive electronic wall celebrating L.A. authors. This year’s “Guest of Honor” was Los Angeles–the first time a city (as opposed to a country) has received that distinction. I didn’t recognize the quotation at first. The sentiment, … Continue reading As Told To

OMG it’s a baby blog

Okay, not totally a baby blog. I very much enjoyed David Ulin’s LA Times piece on reading in the 21st century. Maybe you will, too. It inspired me to shut down the Facebook, Scrabble, Twitter, email, etc., and pick up the latest issue of A Public Space. I was blown away by a strange story called “Saint Andrews Hotel” by Sara Majka. I don’t know … Continue reading OMG it’s a baby blog