Monthly Archives: September 2013

It was like Christmas, but not.

It was like Christmas, but not.

The line above, penned by James Franco, is the singular reason why I can never, ever, not-in-a-million-years take him seriously as a writer. (As a side note, if he wants to act, that’s fine with me. As another side note, I think he should stop doing visual art, too. Why? Because it sucks. I’m not kidding.)

That said, Mr. Franco’s movie version of Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” will probably be fine and, yes, I’ll probably see it. I loved the book and though movies rarely do great books justice, heck, I’ll give it a roll. But if I needed any additional proof that The Franco is a total wanker (and I really didn’t), all I had to do was see him here, on the film cover version of the book. Gah.

The James Franco ‘As I Lay Dying’ Book Cover Ruined Our Day – Flavorwire.

Let the Mystery Be

Let the Mystery Be

A friend and I had been talking about what we wanted chiseled on our headstones when we die (mostly this conversation consisted of wisecracks more than any sentimental morbidity) and, this morning in church, I thought about the song title “Let the Mystery Be” and what a fine epitaph that would be. The song is one by Iris DeMent, an artist I first listened to about 20 years ago. I knew she was coming to St. Louis soon and, when I got home, I looked up her website and found this beautiful bio statement. The way she describes songwriting and the need to wait, to listen for that voice, to know when the words and music are right, is so much like my experience with writing, I really could’ve cried. Check out the wisdom for yourself and be comforted. And let the mystery be.

Bio | Iris Dement.

Oxford Conference for the Book

Oxford Conference for the Book

Because it will be here before we know it, I checked the dates for one of my very favorite conferences, the Oxford Conference for the book. It will be held March 26-28 this 2014 and I hope to make it again. Here’s the website so you can keep your eye on speaker and reader updates, too:

Oxford Conference for the Book.

Author Event – Daniel Woodrell, “The Maid’s Version” | St. Louis County Library

Author Event – Daniel Woodrell, “The Maid’s Version” | St. Louis County Library

Daniel Woodrell lives in West Plains, a town not far from my own hometown, Mountain Grove, and he doesn’t do a lot of public readings. Don’t be intimidated by his scary characters; Mr. Woodrell is really nothing like the folks who inhabit his stories and novels. Come duke it out for a seat at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters on September 30th.

Author Event – Daniel Woodrell, “The Maid’s Version” | St. Louis County Library.

Continuing Education :: St. Louis Community College

Continuing Education :: St. Louis Community College

I’ve wanted to be in the college classroom for years–as a teacher, rather than a student–and tonight I’m getting my chance. This evening will begin my 4-week course, “Writing the Short Story” (Tuesdays at the Meramec campus from 7-9:30). On October 26, from 9am-2pm, I’ll be conducting a non-workshop course in which I will try to condense into a short, user-friendly format all those things I’ve learned about the writing world over the last 10 years or so. No prob, right? Uh, right. But, seriously, if you’re looking to sort your way through the maze of writing conferences, workshops, journals, online sources, MFA programs and more, then come join me. Sign up info is found through the link that’s right HERE:

Continuing Education :: St. Louis Community College.