I’ve been working for the last six months as a producer and writer for the Truth & Fiction podcast, which interviews authors and screenwriters. It’s been an amazing experience, especially having a chance to also create theme music. Here are a few highlights:
Episode 4: Screenwriter and musician James Greer talks about Guided by Voices, his new band Detective and doing Broadway with Steven Soderbergh. I also did the interview on this one, from inside of Detective’s tour van.
Episode 5: Author and feminist pop cultural critic Roxane Gay talks about her upcoming novel, her approach to telling Haitian stories, and what writers can learn from Law & Order.
Episode 6: A great talk with author and reality TV producer Anne Swan (The Real World, Real Housewives of Atlanta) about how reality TV has changed the way we write our narratives.
On December 11, I’ll be performing at Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s Greatest 3-Minute Stories series. The theme this time is metal. My very true story will be about “The Great Metallica-Inspired Chemical Fire of 1985.”
“We’re such voyeurs you can never get enough of watching someone. Just watching someone who needs to get into the bathroom and they’re pounding on the door and the person in the bathroom won’t let them in. I mean, you could just watch that for a good forty, forty-five minutes.”
Wherein we discuss reality TV as part of an ancient aesthetic form, Rodney Dangerfield, Gilles DeLeuze, and a Czech village named Syzygy.
“Incredible…IQ84 meets CSI.” The Atlantic
“Brilliant, and refreshingly unsentimental.” The Guardian
The Composites includes 66 pages of character images from throughout literary history, full-color design, as well as excerpts from: Herman Melville, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Victor Hugo, Bram Stoker, Gustave Flaubert, J.-K Huysmans, and Thomas Mann.
All royalties from this book will be donated to Joyland Magazine. Since 2008 Joyland—funded only by donations and grants—has had a mandate to support and publish emerging authors from across North America and around the world.
This entire project has been a collaboration with Tumblr users and that collaboration has changed everything about myself as a writer and as a reader. For that, and making this project work, thank you. (And please keep sending the suggestions. The Composites will return next week after a brief vacation.)
Earlier this month I spent an afternoon at the Tumblr office talking about characters, Tumblr-as-art platform and the digitization of literature with very smart, very wonderful people. The video from that day is now up at Storyboard. Thanks to videographer Ryan Jones and everyone at Tumblr for the invitation!