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Some Posts from Long Ago

These posts are from the archives. Godspeed Amy Winehouse July 26, 2011 – This was written shortly after Amy Winehouse’s death. I muse on the tv talk show as confessional and my admiration of Winehouse’s resistance of the standard structure of that confessional. I also talk about how many of us try to express ourselves […] Read more

Weekly Writing Photos: November 4th – November 11th, 2012

I’ve been taking photos of my work set up occasionally when I sit down to write for a long time, at least a year. I then post the pictures to FaceBook, either to my private account or to my public page. There are certain elements that are consistent, the laptop, the analog notebook, my keyboard. […] Read more

RSS Feed Delivery by Email

Hi, y’all. This is just to say that I’m going to make some tweeks to the way I send out email subscriptions. You don’t have to do anything if you are signed up to receive my posts in your inbox, and you wish to continue to get said posts. Also, if you read the blog […] Read more

On Joyce Carol Oates

So, until recently the only Joyce Carol Oates’ novel I’d read has been Blonde. I’ve now also read Black Water, and begun Black Girl/White Girl. As with comments on Joan Didion’s work I’m rather stunned by some of the comments about Oates’ work on review sites such as GoodReads. I won’t quote reviews that clearly […] Read more

Some Reading Lists: Contemporary Women Writers

One of the most important books of the last few years is Elaine Showalter’s A Jury of Her Peers, which is a critical assessment of American women writers from the earliest colonial days to the present. I’ve been a rather obsessive reader of books about women writers over the years. A Jury of Her Peers […] Read more

On the Radio Silence

I promise that while I haven’t been posting on this blog I have been writing up a storm. I’ve committed to completing my memoir, Alison Failure, about mental illness and my family this year. While I’m not certain it will be absolutely complete, I would like it to be ready to send to agents and […] Read more

Relentlessly True

During an audition I was once asked what made me different from other storytellers. I managed to have the perfect answer come into my mind at that crucial moment. I said: “I tell relentlessly true stories.”For me it’s about more than simply telling the truth as I’ve experienced it, but being relentless in my pursuit […] Read more

Godspeed Amy Winehouse

Rehab – Video There are so many ways to die. In grain bins. Under bridges. At 17. At 67. At 27. Because you didn’t go to rehab. No. No. No. (Even though she did go.)Was Amy Winehouse a wreck because like me there were words she couldn’t speak? Power she couldn’t claim.I find myself more […] Read more

New CNF Published at Fiction Fix!

I have a piece in the current issue of Fiction Fix which is out today. It’s a free download. Very proud of “She Can Have This Calf,” and proud to be alongside such fabulous work […] Read more

PTSD Guest Post is Live

Check out my guest post over on Michele Rosenthal’s blog. Very excited to see this piece up. I talk about the novel Push and the importance of writing well […] Read more

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