“It’s a kind of totemistic thing, you know.”

A long time ago, when I was just a tadpole, I read a book called V. by Thomas Pynchon, and it helped me decide–along with The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster and Another Country by James Baldwin–to set aside my premed studies and pursue writing exclusively. And so way back then, when I saw a first edition of V. at Brentwood’s (now gone) Vagabond … Continue reading “It’s a kind of totemistic thing, you know.”

Why I Love Your Book Group

One of the pleasures of publishing a book is getting to hold a reading at your local bookshop. Family and friends show up, along with a few fans, former students, and, if it’s been promoted well, a handful of curious strangers. You sell books, which is nice. And no matter how modest your advance, or how small your pin on the publishing map, a good … Continue reading Why I Love Your Book Group

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!

there’s something for everyone*

* except fans of BOOKS. On the back page of today’s LA Times Business Section, there’s an ad for the upcoming (and generally awesome) Festival of Books. It features an illustration of a bunch of books flying overhead as some kids try to reach up to grab them (and fail, ha ha). The main line is “Don’t let this festival fly by,” which seems like … Continue reading there’s something for everyone*