Hi. My big obsession is overcoming things: coming to grips with my limitations, my flaws, my mistakes, and seeing if I can make some sense out of them. I have a lot of limitations.
From losing 40 lbs in a five-week period to memorizing entire pages of prose for fun, from founding and running a few publishing houses to running a band, doing a PhD while traveling around the world, I keep doing things that bring me face-to-face with the stupid beliefs I hold, the tenacious bad habits I want to break, and the moments of hypocrisy I let myself fall into.
I can be unbelievably self-absorbed, and I’ve tried to channel the energy that my self-absorption generates into something productive and helpful to other people. Also, I’m a very active Zen meditator/retreat goer, so if you want to talk about that, please get in touch.
This blog (named after Tyrone Slothrop, the protagonist of the novel Gravity’s Rainbow, who bumbles about feeling that there’s something vaguely important going on), is a record of some of this overcoming.
I used to be one of the team running Zero Books, but we all left to form Repeater in 2014. I no longer have any involvement with Zero. I also founded and ran Perfect Edge, which I have since (unofficially) closed down.
My story “Mind and Soldier” was featured in Chuck Palahniuk’s anthology, Burnt Tongues, out through Medallion Press.
I run a weird music project called Paris and the Hiltons. I go from genre to genre with different musicians. A number of our releases are musical responses to works of literary modernism.
- I did the translation of “Morreste-me” by José Luís Peixoto — in The Warwick Review, December 2010.
- I used to write book reviews for Review 31.
- Here’s an interview where I answer a question with “Your mother.”
- Here you can see how much people love me, and find out a bit more about how my fiction press works.
You can find some of my articles on LitReactor here: