Getting testimonials for the back of a book is a strange task. I imagine if you have an agent that is what the agent helps with, but I wouldn’t know. I have had my share of rejections from them. Panhandlers will be my second novel published without one. I’ve decided with my third – yet-to-be-finished – novel, I will attempt to go that route again. … Continue reading Testimonial for back cover of Panhandlers
Last month I shared my thoughts on Scott Frank’s Netflix series Godless. You can read it here. I also posted it on twitter. Scott Frank read it there. And he replied. Frank set me straight, and to my surprise, he has never read Blood Meridian. Below is the conversation that we had via twitter. Scott Frank: “I’ve not read Blood Meridian. I stole plenty from the … Continue reading Godless and Cormac McCarthy, pt. 2: follow-up with Scott Frank
***This contains some spoilers*** Decided to check out the Netflix show Godless after hearing great things about it and finding out the writer/director, Scott Frank, is from Ft Walton Beach, which always makes it a bit more special when it’s someone from so close to your home town. I live in Pensacola, Florida for anyone reading this who might not know me. And I love … Continue reading Godless and Cormac McCarthy
Heading to Knoxville in the morning on the drive back to Pensacola after spending Thanksgiving week visiting the in-laws in Cincinnati. I’ve never been to Knoxville, but feel like I know the city pretty well after reading Cormac McCarthy’s early works, especially Suttree on numerous occasions. I’m excited to see these places in person. While googling around on how to locate the spots mentioned in … Continue reading Suttree’s Knoxville
Hemingway said, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. American writing comes from that. There was nothing before.” Melville was before that, but you could arguing although Melville was American what he was doing wasn’t really American writing. It was more English than American, right? American writing is the terse, hard sentences. The absence of adjectives. Melville used … Continue reading Who is the next heavyweight of American Literature?
Fuck this book. I made it about 140 pages before I put it away and decided to reread McCarthy’s Cities of the Plain. I’ve read War and Peace, Don Quixote, Moby Dick, Ulysses. But this book can kiss my ass. There are so many goddamn words and the plot is seemingly not going anywhere. Is there someone out there that can convince me this is really … Continue reading Book Review: Infinite Jest
About 6 years ago, while still in school, I wrote a paper on Suttree. I think it was the best academic paper I’d written. A couple weeks ago I was looking for a short story I had written and stumbled across it. I decided to look it over and tighten some areas up. And I was still proud of it. I’ve decided to write an … Continue reading Suttree: Spiritual Emergency to Spiritual Emergence
Not sure if there is a more chilling line in literature as this Continue reading Such a chilling line
The Songlines is one of my all time favorite books and so is Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. I like how this quote, although written well before The Road, encompasses the ideas McCarthy so often times plays with. Native Moments also discusses these ideas of hierarchies and dominance and anarchism. “As a general rule of biology, migratory species are less ‘aggressive’ than sedentary ones. There is one obvious … Continue reading Another epigraph I’m thinking of using for my upcoming novel, Native Moments.