“Such are the perfections of fiction...Everything it teaches is useless insofar as structuring your life: you can’t prop up anything with fiction. It, in fact, teaches you just that. That in order to attempt to employ its specific wisdom is a sign of madness...There is more profit in an hour’s talk with Billy Graham than in a reading of Joyce. Graham might conceivably make you sick, so that you might move, go somewhere to get well. But Joyce just sends you out into the street, where the world goes on, solid as a bus. If you met Joyce and said 'Help me,' he’d hand you a copy of Finnegans Wake. You could both cry.” – Gilbert Sorrentino, Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Read a Story from My Book!

The good people at Affirm Press have put a sample chapter of my forthcoming book of short stories, Known Unknowns, up on their website. In this case, 'sample chapter' just means a short story, which is called 'The Russians Are Leaving.'

To read it, go here, and then click the teeny-tiny download link at the bottom-right of the screen.

The page also includes a little bit of background on the book, a photo of the cover, two very generous blurbs from Tony Birch and Nick Jose, and a foppish photo of yours truly (see also the very same photo on the right side of this page).

It also contains a link back to this blog, enabling you to alternate between these two pages in an infinite loop...

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