Some bits and pieces from my far-flung media empire:
And here are some other things I’ve written for McSweeney’s:
Little Housing Crisis on the Prairie
Secret Service Emergency-Response Protocol 1127B: If the President Falls Down a Well
Worse Things Happen at Sea
Borges Teaches Self Defense
Mid-Life Crisis Bible Stories
NFL Players Whose Names Sound Vaguely Dickensian, and the Characters They Would Be in an Actual Dickens Novel
Midterm Exam On Kelly, The Woman With Whom My Husband Had An Affair
My work at The Rumpus:
Here’s a short piece I wrote about my encounter with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam, whom I did not kill.
Here’s a podcast I did with the Smart People folks, about my book, Smile at Strangers.
And here’s the first chapter of Smile at Strangers, read by yours truly, at Poets & Writers.
The photos and videos page has more links to readings I’ve done.
And now and then I write fiction. Here are six short stories, exploring themes of danger, courage, and triumph: Small Heroes.
In her first short story collection, McSweeney’s columnist Susan Schorn presents six tiny epics, each featuring an unlikely, everyday hero. The protagonists—among them an ambitious Cadillac salesman, a despondent Japanese retiree, and a nurse in a children’s hospital—face challenges from the heart-stopping to the absurd, providing glimpses of courage, initiative, and sacrifice on a distinctly human scale. In Small Heroes, Schorn reminds us that true heroism isn’t confined to fantastic worlds and high romance; it can flourish on more familiar ground as well.