–> A wonderful paragraph by the legendary downtown poet Steve Dalachinsky in his long-running column, Outtakes, in the Brooklyn Rail: “Spinelli’s use of natural and unnatural sounds of the city to create what he refers to as a soundscape of rain, traffic, ‘cigarette butts flicked to the pavement…’” How many of us get summed up by a poet legend?
–> Greenpointers published a list of 8 books to read that are set on my home turf, and it’s exciting to be listed along with Julia Wertz’s legendary Drinking at the Movies, as well as Roof Alexander’s To Be Heard (his book sits next to mine at Spoonbill). It’s also crazy/surreal/wonderful to see my book’s cover right next to Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! Brooklynites, go read all these books!
—> If you didn’t get your FREE copy via Twitter, Facebook, or my email list, you can still pick up a Kindle copy of CHUCHOS — a short story about dogs in rural Guatemala.
–> For the Naked Girls Reading Literary Honors, Ampersand Review has published the winning excerpt from Killing Williamsburg.
–> WMN on Sunday — aka the Western Morning News, covering Southwest England — plugged Killing Williamsburg yesterday and quoted me praising the virtues of Scrivener, the application I’ve been using to revise the Bangkok-based novel Soi Six. The print version even had my photo.
In September’s print edition of Writer’s Digest, I was quoted several times talking about the creation of the cover of Killing Williamsburg, which was designed by Meghan Carey. The writer of the article, Grace Dobush, pulled together thoughts and tips from writers in varying hues of the small/big/self press spectrum. BEST PART: In a visual titled “successful cover design,” not only was my book listed as a thriller, but it was placed as the opposing book end to Stephen King. Gone Girl is in there too, so not too shabby for Kill Bill. Web version TK. Full PDF available for download soon.
–> And what it all means to me. With commentary on Questlove’s “Suicide Set” from last year.
–> Absolutely amazing, breathtaking essay on Killing Williamsburg in The Awl—I am humbled and awed by this, a spectacular piece of writing by William Kenton.
–> A great review from Words for Worms!