The Essay You’ve All Been Waiting For

Well, at least I’ve been waiting for it. I wrote it earlier this year and now it’s out. Snip Tuck: A Simple Vasectomy Goes Wrong is in this week’s Portland Mercury, which means all sorts of people in the town I live in will be reading it for free and then pointing at me and laughing. Yeah, yeah, verrry funny, people. And if you don’t live in Portland, you can of course read it on their web site.

In other news, I’m very excited that A Common Pornography is on the PNBA award shortlist. I’ve never been up for a literary award before, so this is very cool–and my competition is pretty serious.

I’ve been writing as much as I can on my novel-in-progress and there are parts of it you can see already. The Writers’ Dojo put up one chapter (the chapters are all really short, so they’re quick reads) and they’re putting another one up soon. Go here for that. The new issue of Fugue (from the University of Idaho) is out and there are several tiny chapters in that as well, not to mention work by David Shields and an interview with George Saunders.

Fugue #39

I also wanted to tell you that I’m reading at a cool reading series here in Portland called 1.000 Words on December 2nd. Go to the Facebook events page or their web site for more info. Melissa Favara is the host and readers include my friends Amy Temple Harper and Laura Moulton. This is an Oulipo-inspired reading where all the readers had to write short pieces using the same prompts and a set of pre-chosen words. Should be a weird and interesting night.

Hope to see you all there!

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