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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!

V-day, Fainting, etc.

So. Let’s get personal here. Ready.

On Friday the 15th, I got a vasectomy. I know. I know. Who does that the week before their book comes out!? Well, I do. But I didn’t think it would be a big deal. The packet told me it would only take two or three days before I could go back to work. The packet was wrong!

Eight days later, and I’M STILL FEELING the pain! (sorry about the CAPS–they were unintentional but coincidentally appropriate, so I’m leaving them).

Sadly, I had to miss most of my work schedule on the first week of my book’s release. I was pretty bummed about that. I said a couple of things on Facebook about my condition but was a little embarrassed about the whole thing, so I never came right out and said the v-word. I know it’s nothing to be embarrassed about but I felt dumb hobbling around after more than 5+ days. Either the doctor fucked up or I’m a slow healer.

But at least I got some good material out of it. On Thursday night, I was the “special secret guest” at the True Stories show at Mississippi Studios. Though I was walking like a cowboy, I was still able to get on stage and read an essay I just wrote about the operation. It went over really well. But while most people were laughing, one guy in the audience fainted halfway through. Paramedics came in and took him away on a stretcher soon after.

Hopefully, I will be able to get this essay published in the next couple of months so you can all enjoy it (or faint).

In the meantime, here’s some other goodies that have popped up the past few days.

Alec at The Rumpus offers his personal story upon reading ACP.

Our Cat in Residence, Boo-Boo, gets featured in this cool Harper Perennial feature!

This long feature in the Willamette Week.

I’d also like to thank everyone for tweeting about the ACP Promo video. It’s fun to see it get spread around so much. I’ll be getting more videos up throughout the spring.