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.
From losing 40 lbs in a five-week period to memorizing entire pages of prose for fun, from running a press 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.
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:
- When It’s Time to say Fuck It
- Ten Soul-Crushing Things about Writing in 2014
- Seven F***in’ Great Ways to Build Your Writing Routine
- No Thanks, Mr Franzen, I Like My Novels Difficult
- Notes from the Drunken Editor: You Are the Joke Here
- Why Even Ayn Rand Can Teach You Something About Writing
- Her Breasts Were Too Small: Why a Dose of Feminism is Good for Writers