Category Archives: Love

9 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Burning Man

I’ve spent a lot of words here trying to define an experience that is ultimately indefinable. It’s something different for everyone, and you will likely have different wishes after your first burn.

It was the best and worst vacation I’ve ever had. Continue reading

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Palimpsest: the Most Beautiful Book I’ve Read in Ages

One of the shittiest things about growing up (and there are a great many shitty things about growing up) is the forfeiture of your magical inheritance. As a child, your passport got you stamped into the Shire, into Fantasia, into … Continue reading

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NorWesCon 38: a Glorious Blur

Memory is the ghost of time trapped in meat and it doesn’t always work. It works even less when the meat is excited. First, an old friend. I was met at the hotel by my friend Julian. I have moved … Continue reading

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SoCal Book Tour

Traveling is both the privilege and the curse of a writer’s life. I spent the the end of March driving all over Southern California, some time in LA followed by a long stint in the Inland Empire. I did three … Continue reading

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Philip K. Dick Award Finalist

My debut novel, THE BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE, is on the shortlist for the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award. This is the coolest thing that has ever happened to me. I don’t know who nominated me, but I’m so … Continue reading

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The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

I wrote a book. I am a novelist. I started writing the story that would become The Book of the Unnamed Midwife last summer. I had the idea during finals and I set it aside, convinced that it would take … Continue reading

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Pretty Damned Good Day

I applied to speak at commencement about two weeks before the due date. I didn’t think I had any kind of a chance to win, but I tried really hard to avoid repeating anything I’ve said in my columns at … Continue reading

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Vladimir Nabokov Reviews His Favorite Boba Place

Bubble tea, thrill of my afternoon, cooling of my tongue. My mouth, my mind. Bub-ble-tea: the bounce and blow of my lips taking a trip to the tilt of my tongue back to tap at the teeth on three. Bub. … Continue reading

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Gushing Review: The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Passage by Justin Cronin. This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. A truly epic tale, on par with “The Stand,” and it’s hard for me to say that. I avoid a great deal … Continue reading

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Saturday Write Fever

Saturday Write Fever is an event in San Francisco run by playwrights Megan Cohen and Stuart Bousel  at the Exit Studio. I went with my favorite date last night, and it was one of the most entertaining evenings I’ve had … Continue reading

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