Puff the Magic Dragon sued for child endangerment

I have a fun short story up at Everyday Genius, guest edited this month by Blake Butler. Lots of other rad writers this month to so check it all out. My piece is titled Our Current Trajectory and begins:

Puff the Magic Dragon was being sued for child endangerment. Johnny Paper's mother was crying on TV. Her son had returned home hours past his bedtime with burns on his arms.



NOON launch and reading at The Center for Fiction tonight. You should come. Details below:

NOON 2010 Reading & Party
Thursday, April 22nd at 7pm
Featuring Kim Chinquee, Sara Jaffe,
Tao Lin, Lincoln Michel, Dylan Nice,
Diane Williams, & Anya Yurchyshyn

The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th Street
R.S.V.P 212.755.6710


Sam Lipsyte Jump-Off Story

The Rumpus has posted a short-short of mine alongside seven other rad stories by Mark Edmund Doten, Shya Scanlon, John Madera, Maureen Miller, A. Wolfe, Franklin Winslow and Snowden Wright. These are the four winners and four finalists of the Sam Lipsyte Jump-Off Contest where we wrote 300 word stories based on a sentence from Lipsyte's fantastic new novel, The Ask. You can read my story here, after the introduction.

“It’s when they stop trying to destroy you,” my mother said, “that you should really start to worry.”
My mother had one arm hooked around my neck, smothering me against the same breasts that once milked my mouth. The other swung at me with a mechanical can opener.
“Stop,” I yelled. “I get your point!”


high life at the highline beneath the high line

Tonight, April 6th, is A Night Together at the Highline Ballroom. The event, hosted by The Rumpus, Tin House and Flavorpill features a bunch of awesome writers, comedians and musicians like Sam Lispyte, Colson Whitehead, Michael Showalter and Jeffery Lewis.

The Rumpus also held a contest for readers to write 300-word stories based on Sam Lipsyte sentences. Four submitters, including me, were selected to read, which should be pretty fun! So if you aren't doing anything tonight, you should stop by. Or if you are doing something, you should scrap those plans and come to this instead.


A Gigantic April

Gigantic has a bunch of new content up for April. We have a whole collection of new American biographies and accompanying artwork from John Dermot Woods, an exciting illustrated book from Leni Zumas and Luca Dipierro that we are serializing online, and finally we have reprinted the long Sam Lipsyte interview that I conducted for print issue 2. I know there have been a lot of Lipsyte interviews and reviews accompanying his great new novel, The Ask, but like my momma always said, there is always room for more Lipsyte.

Hey, speaking of issue 2, you should buy a copy! A beautiful little magazine for only 7 dollars.