I’m chipping away at a bunch of new projects, but I want to let you know about a few things that are already out, or else close on the horizon.
First, I was lucky enough to be invited by Sari Botton to contribute an essay to her anthology, Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York. Other contributors include Nick Flynn, Susan Orlean, and Whoopi Goldberg.
A new story of mine, “The Curator,” is featured in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #31. It’s about a civil war and a proletarian museum and concealed motives and a few other things, all of them fairly unsavory. The same story will be appearing in a cool-looking anthology edited by Brian James Freeman called Detours that is forthcoming in the spring.
Finally, I was honored to be asked to write a pair of introductions:
One is for a reissue of The Devil’s Own Work by Alan Judd. I always approach a book I loved as a teenager or an adolescent with a fair amount of anxiety. What an exception The Devil’s Own Work turned out to be! It’s a perfect short novel – eerie and timeless.
The other introduction I wrote is for the late Graham Joyce’s 25 Years in the Word Mines: The Best Short Fiction of Graham Joyce. This is an incredible, humbling, and essential gathering of stories, and I can’t recommend it strongly enough. Graham was a beautiful man and his soul is all through these pages.