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Sharing the Dead

“It’s a comedy,” my friends said. When we pulled into the parking lot, I realized they’d lied. They wanted to see Alien 3. They thought that if they got me to the theater, I’d have to watch the movie. Then I’d realize how much fun scary movies were. “You can go see the movie if … Continue reading

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I’m old news already.

Just read this article on the BBC about artists who use text in their work. Well hey, I’ve never been ahead of fashion. Fiona Banner documented the car chase in the Steve McQueen film Bullitt as she was worried there were no great literary car chases. When you write or make art, do you try … Continue reading

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On Display

Your novel is published and you see someone reading it. Do you introduce yourself? Leave the room? Spy? Tonight at my art show I watched students, friends, and strangers look at my work. Because of the text, they usually lean in close and read the bits and slices of my novel. One student asked me … Continue reading

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Secrets Messages

My mother had to design an advertisement layout for Albertson’s. The ad would be running on my 11th birthday, and my mother snuck in a birthday message for me on the horse. I knew it was a sign that she loved me. I’m still looking for signs. Signs that other people think I can write. … Continue reading