Non Fiction!

Here’s some various non-fiction (100% true!) things I have written. Enjoy them!

Memoir/Personal Essays

“Catching a football and kissing a girl were two totally different things.” (From “Three Kisses” on Tin House)

“When my friend was raped last summer, it was the first time that I had experienced that kind of violation to someone close to me. I understand that “experienced” is probably not the right word. Language can be a weird and stupid instrument in this conversation.” (From “I Know Who You Raped Last Summer” on The Good Men Project)

“On the day I convinced Chris not to jump off the bridge, I thought maybe I turned a corner, maybe I could embrace positivity again, maybe I could hear the words I had said to him: “I’m sure that no one wants you to die.”” (From “I’m Jumping Off the Bridge” on Salon, and in Best American Essays 2013)

““I write these words to make them true/I’ve drowned my torch and so should you.” She sings it three times, as if she really needs to convince herself…” (On Til Tuesday and Everything But the Girl, from The Faster Times)

“My girlfriend offered to talk to her after the show for me—she could tell I was a little crestfallen—but I feared she would have been rejected too. We went home feeling more and more jaded. We didn’t listen to their music much after that…” (on riot grrrl and writing to Kathleen Hanna, from

“Lead singer substitutions are always awkward, but this made The Cars sound like a bar band. “Just What I Needed” could have been “Louie Louie” as played by your 50-year-old dentist and his four college buddies on a stage anchored by pinball machines and video poker…” (on The Cars reunion, from The Rumpus)

“It wasn’t until the next morning when I took off my doctor-prescribed tighty-whiteys, that I really saw what I had been feeling the past 24 hours. My scrotum looked like a giant Hass avocado…” (from Snip Tuck in The Portland Mercury)

I remember having a crush on a girl in 10th grade who loved Duran Duran. She drove a pink Carmengia, had braces, and danced really cute. (from Largehearted Boy)

I wasn’t really sure where she was from (maybe Australia, maybe Oklahoma) but the sound of her voice made me hard in my pants, even when she was talking about how her and her ex-husband had sex every day for nine years.” (from The Fanzine)

“I was 30 years old and having some kind of midlife crisis. I guess I thought that 30 was midlife.” (from L.A. Times Jacket Copy blog)

“I was constantly horny and decided it was in my best interest to branch out into some of the other cliques of new wavers and bingo-parlor regulars…” (from Nerve)

“We would make out with the lights off and she’d let me take her shirt off. Her bra would stay on, in one way or another…” (from Word Riot)

“I met a girl there who played Cat Stevens in the morning and made coffee on a stove. I began to cry at anything…” (from McSweeney’s)

“She lay on the bed and opened her robe, letting it stay under her like a beach towel. Her body was unfit and slack. More like a trucker’s body than a prostitute. I didn’t feel any hot sexual vibe from her at all, more like a “Can I smoke my Marlboro yet?” kind of vibe…” (from Smith Magazine)

“I zig-zagged around the store aimlessly until I found the cassettes, buried in some corner like an erotica section at a bookstore…” (from Willamette Week)

“I wasn’t a very good editor for a long time. I’m even embarrassed by a lot of my own writing. Especially the stuff from the early 90s…” (from Spork)

“She was the kind of girl who still slept with over-sized teddy bears, wrote in huge loopy cursive, and whose favorite food was pancakes…” (from 3:AM Magazine)

Book Reviews and Other Types of Articles

On Padgett Powell’s You and Me

Character Witness: Stephen Elliott

On Gordon Lish

Haiku Interview: Mountain Goats!

Down South With the Ghost of Larry Brown

Short Essay on Lutz, Lipsyte, and Williams

My Stuff in The Believer

My Stuff on the Powell’s Blog

Interview with Diane Williams

Video Interview with Steve Almond