Twenty years ago, Charles Baxter named the unsettling traits of America’s then-adolescent “culture of deniability” and what its “dysfunctional narratives” meant for politics and fiction. Click through for my essay, recently published at The Writing Cooperative on Medium: On Made Mistakes and Making Making Them – The Writing Cooperative
I came across this short reflection by Jeff Burton on Medium. I think he asks questions worth asking, and raises points creative people don't talk enough about. There's a degree to which hoping to find an audience for one's art feels like lunacy. The odds are very much against it. There's something to doing a … Continue reading The Lunacy of Recognition
This piece by Amanda Mull is important. Two excerpts: Now, in apparently quitting his psychiatric medication for the sake of his creativity, West is promoting one of mental health’s most persistent and dangerous myths: that suffering is necessary for great art. Esmé Weijun Wang, a novelist who has written about living with schizoaffective disorder, has … Continue reading Listen, Everyone. Please Take Your Medication.
Special thanks to editor Stephen Tomic for publishing this piece today at The Junction. Please click through to read. What I Recall from Patmos – The Junction – Medium
I've had a poem accepted at The Junction, a journal on the Medium platform founded and edited by Stephen M. Tomic. Look for it soon.
By most definitions, I'm not part of any marginalized community. My great-grandparents, who came to the United States from Southern Italy over a hundred years ago, were economic refugees arriving here at the height of anti-Catholic, anti-Italian (anti-anything-ethnic) nativism. Their experience on the margin of American life and systems is something I try to imagine … Continue reading Writing in the Margins
Reading: Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction, Charles Baxter The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway Blanco, Allen Wier I've written a short (1200 words) essay about one of the pieces in the Baxter collection and sent it to a few places. I may run it here soon. One of the interesting things about Burning … Continue reading What I’m Reading, What I’m Writing