• Published fiction in THE SOUTHERN REVIEW Nearly 20 years ago, as a freshman in an introduction to creative writing class, my writing professor, Tony Earley, told us: “Send it to The Southern Review! They read everything, they publish young writers, and they’ll even write a note of encouragement on your work.” Like many of the others in that class, I started […] Literary Man 0 Comments August 19, 2019
  • Snapshots: Nashville, TN to Denver, CO We’ve officially made it to the West, but before we talk about the emotion of crossing the Continental Divide, we first want to share some snapshots of all we’ve seen between Nashville and Denver. We’ll get to the soul opening heart songs of last night and today soon. We left Nashville and followed the GPS […] Literary Man 0 Comments August 3, 2018
  • Nashville, We Love You In another life, Steve and I would have been Nashvillians. It is all energy and neon light, full of people with ambition, hope, and passion. We love it- for the drive of it’s locals as well as for countless other reasons. Yesterday we rolled in to Nashville and simultaneously had a blast from the past […] Literary Man 0 Comments July 30, 2018
  • A Lovely Stay in Guntersville, Alabama Fireflies, barbeque, muddy water swimming, and all the family from far and wide, we journey onward from the small town where we married in our youth and head north to Nashville where we met nearly 18 years ago. Literary Man 0 Comments July 29, 2018
  • Hello, Beloved City Hello, dear city. Hello, dear coast. Ten years ago we were in New York, the city. Living & breathing the awesome. Going back with strollers & fussy kiddos during a rainy steamy summer day was a huge shot of reality, but it was soul food to be back none the less. We drove in late, got […] Literary Man 0 Comments July 26, 2018
  • The Only Book I’d Save in a Fire I don’t know why. Call me crazy, but it’s the only physical book I return to, time and again and again, and find new truth and comic darkness and wisdom about the endless permutations of style. And it was style, I believe, that drew me back into the book so many times at first, the repeated feeling […] Literary Man 0 Comments July 19, 2018
  • On Rereading John Green’s THE FAULT IN OUR STARS I first read John Green’s mesmerizing, beloved novel THE FAULT IN OUR STARS three years ago: I read it in a single three hour sitting, laughed harder than I have ever laughed at a novel, and felt the most intense “feely feels” towards the ends since the first time I read ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF […] Literary Man 0 Comments June 19, 2018
  • T.S. Eliot Proves Your High School English Teacher Wrong On the eve of another face-freezing snowstorm, we literarians on the East Coast have nothing better to do than argue the merits of a rye versus bourbon Manhattan (trying one of each, probably, to know which tastes better), and revel in the lovely letters of T.S. Eliot, particularly a passage in which he modestly compares […] Literary Man 0 Comments January 3, 2018
  • Top Three Favorite Novels Read in 2017 This is a succinct account of the three best novels–or I should say the novels I enjoyed the most–that I happened to read in the 2017 calendar year. Many reviews about all three of them may no doubt provide layered context for their greatness, and so I will just share the ones I liked and […] Literary Man 0 Comments December 8, 2017
  • What to Get Your Literary Grandpa for Christmas For fear of immediately turning into a crotchety old man, I have for years held back the ever growing urge to start reading biographies. It is the classic fate of every grandpa or dad who swears he doesn’t really read to house an entire stack of WW2 or Civil War biographies hiding in the attic somewhere. I […] Literary Man 0 Comments December 5, 2017