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Book-Length Manuscripts: Published, Self-Published, & Not-Yet-Published
What I Remember of My Love Affair with the Bird and Other Stories is now available from The Cupboard Pamphlet. ($10; 60 pp; perfect bound; ISBN-13: 9781735010212.) This a chapbook collection of short-short stories. Most of them were published in literary journals between 2007 and 2013 (see below).
Intercalated Days is a novel. I am still sending query emails to agents. And I’m also now querying small presses, and I’ve entered the novel in book contests. And I’ve started to think that the book might need to be rewritten—but I’m also trying not to think about that possibility.
The Years of Living Autobiographically are a trilogy of Oulipian memoirs.
I wrote the first book between 2011 and 2012. I published the book, which was then titled The Year of Living Autobiographically (singular), in a limited-edition run (150) that I produced with a galley printer in 2013. I also briefly published it with Lulu a little bit after that. See these blog posts to learn more.
That first book was followed by a sequel, which I wrote, following the same rules as the first, between 2015 and 2016. Book Two has been read by six people (besides me) at this point.
I then wrote a third sequel, again following the same rules, between 2019 and 2020. Book Three has been read by two people (besides me) at this point.
For a while, I called the first book an Oulipian experiment in social media, self-publishing, and the gift economy, since my initial intent was to see what I would write about myself if I was writing daily, diaristically, and with the intention of sharing that writing eventually, just without the immediate social media context of likes and comments, and outside of a corporation’s profit motive.
But that now seems inadequate as a description for what the project has become, ten years later, since my vision for the published trilogy (as a box set) is beyond the scope of what I’m able to produce on my own, and since Facebook’s problems have metastasized from its cavalier attitude toward individual privacy, in its early years, to the democracy-eroding, authoritarianism-promoting disinformation firehose it is now.
Also, books two and three need a little bit of editorial work.
But I would like to find a home for all three as a trilogy.
So I should say that the second book has been read by six people and the third book has been read by two people that I know of—I’ve been sending it out, so it’s possible a reader got that far in the manuscript, but I don’t know either way.
I thought I also had a full-length collection of twelve short and short-short stories, almost all of them published between 2006 and 2018, in manuscript form. In an earlier incarnation, the manuscript was selected by judge Salvatore Scibona as runner-up in the 2012 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. That draft was titled The Crypto-Jew’s Dilemma and Other Stories; the earliest draft was titled Ladies’ Night at the Arctic Club and Other Stories; its most recent working title is A Mohel Mulligan and Other Stories.
Now, though, I think I might need to go back to the drafting board on the whole book. And as with Intercalated Days, I’m trying not to think about that possibility.
The Death of the Death of the Short Story (and Other Stories) is—or was—a chapbook manuscript: a collection of ten short-short fictions, a few of them published (and a few self-published as blog posts) between 2007 and 2008. I’m not sure if this works anymore as a collection, though, since the world these fictions were responding to is now long gone.
“Ladies’ Night at the Arctic Club,” finalist for the Yalobusha Review Barry Hannah Prize in Short Fiction, 2017 (see this post, “Ladies’ Night Good News,” and also this page at the Yalobusha Review website) (guest judge: Catherine Lacey)
“The Coat My Mother Gave Me,” finalist for the Southeast Review 2011 World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest (story published—see below)
“When the Immigrant Is Hot,” honorable mention in the River Styx 2011 Schlafly Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest (story published—see below)
“The Way the Water All Agrees on a River,” “What I Remember of My Love Affair with the Bird,” “Every Twenty-Eight Years,” “The Songs Our Local Birds Like to Sing,” “Our Libretto Conundrum,” “The Grand Piano Party,” and “Catching the Rollers,” as a group of stories with the title “Seven Easy Renditions,” were selected as a finalist for the 2011 Calvino Prize (guest judge: Ben Marcus) (all but “Every Twenty-Eight Years” have been published since—see below—and most of them ended up in the chapbook)
“Reggie Kopalski’s Pizzeria,” finalist in the Sonora Review 2006 Short-Short Story Contest (guest judge: Steve Almond) (story published—see below)
“Intermediaries,” Liars’ League NYC (full story online—both the text of the story and an MP3 of Alex C. Ferrill’s reading of it!), “Courage & Cowardice” show, 3 October 2018
“What Would John the Evangelist Do?” (full story online), Pine Hills Review, 1 April 2015
“This Is a Test of the System,” Massachusetts Review v. 56 #1, Spring 2015
“The Mohel Mulligan,” the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, 6 July 2014
“The Grand Piano Party,” Fourteen Hills v. 14 #2, 2013
“The Way the Water All Agrees on a River” and “An Obstacle to Empathy,” BOMB Magazine #124, Summer 2013
“It’s a Long Story, It’s a Harrowing Yet Uplifting Jewish Story, It’s Based on a True Story,” Liars’ League NYC (full story online—both the text of the story and an MP3 of Jere Williams’s reading of it!), “Secrets & Lies” show, 6 March 2013
“The Coat My Mother Gave Me,” Southeast Review #30.1, winter 2012
“Our Libretto Conundrum,” “The Songs Our Local Birds Always Sing,” and “Catching the Rollers” (full stories reproduced here on my Web site), The Cincinnati Review #8.2, winter 2012
“What I Remember of My Love Affair with the Bird” (full story online), Fence v. 14 #1-2, fall 2011
“When the Immigrant Is Hot,” River Styx #85, spring 2011
“The Man in the Moon Is a Lawyer,” Indiana Review #31.2, winter 2009
“Sleepwalking,” Quick Fiction, print edition #16, October 2009
“Gutenberg’s Lament,” Quick Fiction Web site, May 19, 2008
“The One-Room M.F.A. Program” (full story online), Yankee Pot Roast, May 5, 2008
“The Questions I Regret Not Asking,” Monkeybicycle, August 27, 2007
“A Note about This Business with the Bear,”The L Magazine, second annual Summer Fiction Issue, July 11, 2007
“The Month of Writing Dangerously”, Opium Magazine, print edition #4, March 2007
“An American Casanova in New York, by Balthus Poindexter: A Reading Group Guide” (full story online), Yankee Pot Roast, January 24, 2007
“The Samoan Assassin Calls It Quits,” One Story #74, May 10, 2006
“The Blind Tiger of Love,” Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, Daphne Gottlieb, ed. Soft Skull Press, 2005
“Lost Childhood,” Quick Fiction, print edition #8, October 2005
“The Mountains Go to War,” Pindeldyboz, online edition, February 27, 2005
“One Story,” an anecdote for a feature titled “The Moment of Truth: Eleven Authors Share Stories of Life-Changing Retreats” (Kevin Larimer, ed.), in the March/April 2015 issue of Poets & Writers (learn more here)
“Memorial Day” (full text of essay), Tablet, 8 November 2011
“Network: How to Use LinkedIn to Connect With Your Community” (full text of article), Poets & Writers, November/December 2011
“The Future of Family-Friendly Residencies” (not available online), Poets & Writers, March/April 2011
“Hidden Histories” (full text of article), The Vassar Quarterly, Summer 2009
“‘Pandora in the Congo’ by Albert Sánchez Piñol” (full text of article), Bookforum, Apr./May 2009
“‘Salmonella Men on Planet Porno’ by Yasutaka Tsutsui” (full text of article), The Los Angeles Times, 21 December 2008
“Museum Piece” (not available online), The Vassar Quarterly, Fall 2008
“‘Vacation’ by Deb Olin Unferth” (full text of article), Bookforum, Sept./Oct./Nov. 2008
“Warren Burger and Fries” (full text of article), The Vassar Quarterly, Summer 2008
“Ryan Murphy’s One-Shots: Discovering the Real Work of Poetry” (not available online), Poets & Writers, September/October 2006
“The Collapse of Neil Azevedo’s Zoo” (full text of article), Poets & Writers, May/June 2006
“The Albee Foundation: The Barn at the End of the World” (not available online), Poets & Writers, March/April 2006
“The Failure of Zoo’s Fiction Contests” (full text of article), Poets & Writers, July/August 2004
My NYT publication credit was a photo that accompanied an article about Soft Skull Press by Denny Lee (“URBAN TACTICS; Latest Exit to Brooklyn,” 3 November 2002), but the image doesn’t seem to have made it onto the NYT website.
I also took photographs as part of my communications work at Congregation Beth Elohim. Flickr sets include my documentation of the progress of the Jacob’s Ladder installation, the 2011 CBE Connects! event, and the highlights from the CBE 2011 fundraiser Gala (selected from the full CBE 2011 Gala set).
Finally, you can see some unpublished photos of mine as well on posts tagged with the Photographs category.
This is an incomplete archive of websites I designed with a combination of Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and straight HTML/CSS using TextWrangler. Unfortunately, none of the sites I designed and built (except this one) are still extant on the web. Most of the URLs are, that is; the designs are just different now in the CMS era.
This was the website that I designed and co-wrote with Emily for our wedding in the fall of 2006. It used to exist at hopkins-and-barton-purveyors-of-unmentionables.org, a URL we thought was funny (the length! the legit but underused hyphen! the .org as if the .com was already taken!), but it turned out to be devilishly difficult for anyone to type into the address windows of their browsers. As I noted on our Question & Answer page, the images at the bottom of each page, and in the nav bar, are copyright-free, taken from a Dover clip-art book.
I played in my sister Cynthia’s band, Gloria Deluxe, from 1999 to 2001. You can hear my guitar work on the first three albums—the eponymous debut, the five-song EP, and Hooker; I sang backup vocals on that last one as well. I designed all the album covers, posters, promotional stickers, and postcards (postcards!). I also designed and built the website. It went through a few iterations, but in retrospect, this one, circa December 2001 or so, is my favorite. Two caveats: remember that this was long ago enough that many of the links to external sites might not work anymore; remember also that this was from the Ancient Times, so the site is totally optimized to be viewed with Microsoft Internet Explorer running on OS 9 on a purple iMac with an Earthink dialup account.