From Scratch Every Time (2020/06/30 05:00)
Every single time I start a new story, I'm starting from scratch in more ways than one.
Original Conclusions (2020/06/23 05:00)
It's hard to do your own thing, and for good reasons.
Of The Here And Now, Or The Anywhere And Always (2020/04/03 05:00)
I've long been wary of using fiction as a system of polemic, not because I don't care about the world we live in but because such things typically make for bad fiction
Havel's Optimism, December 2019 Edition (2019/12/12 05:00)
Stories aren't about happy or sad endings. They're about making sense of what happens.
Highly Illogical, Jim (2019/08/06 08:00)
When does a story's logic hold fast, and when does it break?
The True(r) Story (2019/01/01 01:00)
On the fictions of the "true story" style of moviemaking.
A Walk-On Part In The War, Or A Lead Role In A Cage (2018/10/10 07:00)
On The Minnie Effect in fiction.
That Pile On The Nightstand (2018/06/11 05:00)
The overwhelming majority of what I'm genuinely curious about reading has been nonfiction. I hate that.
It's A Living (2018/01/06 05:00)
If written fiction's becoming nothing but a prelude to adaptation, what's that mean for written fiction itself?
Player Zero (2018/01/05 08:00)
On why books need to be written to be books, not film pitches-to-be.
The Benefits Of A Cracking Good Yarn (2017/08/03 07:00)
What storytelling can do that a straight rundown of facts can't.
Shall We Put A Label On That? Dept. (2017/06/25 08:00)
Given my interest in Zen, am I writing "Buddhist fiction"? I'm dubious.
Engines Of Empathy Dept. (2017/05/16 08:00)
Does reading make us more empathic, or do more empathic people just make better readers?
Bad Guys Never Lose Dept. (2017/04/04 08:00)
Don't think good and evil; think why and how.
Tick Tick Tock Dept. (2016/11/13 08:00)
On time travel and our urge to get away from it all.
Rules Are Made To Be Broken Dept. (2016/03/02 10:00)
How laying the ground rules for my new book almost ground me down.
Larger Than Fiction Dept. (2016/02/19 06:00)
On being Trumped.
Nothing Special Dept. (2015/08/10 09:00)
"When any image is possible, no image is all that impressive anymore."
Give It Up Dept. (2014/12/04 12:00)
On the Fiction of Resignation.
A Classic Dilemma Dept. (2014/11/09 10:00)
Young-adult fiction and the classics, once again.
It Ain't Me Dept. (2014/09/27 07:00)
Are you your characters? And should you apologize for them?
Chicken Little Hits Again Dept. (2014/08/01 10:00)
It's the end of the world as we know it, yet again.
Young Adult, Not-So-Young Adult Dept. (2014/07/10 10:00)
Why adult fiction doesn't speak to adults anymore.
Selling Last Year's Model Dept. (2014/01/11 10:00)
We'd sooner sell another version of the old than dream up something truly new -- and maybe it's marketing that's the culprit.
Reality ... What A Concept Dept. (2013/06/15 09:51)
On the canard of "Reality is just so interesting, why would you want to escape it?"
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind