“Amends”: My Novel Seeking Agent/Publisher

So I wrote a comedic novel set during the filming of a reality-TV show about alcohol rehabilitation. It is basically all my obsessions on parade: bad advice, humiliation, addiction and recovery, Gay Christian Whatnot, journalism, sleaze, mysticism and mystical experience, metanarratives, friendship, prison, and class war. You get a recipe for a Clockwork Orange (the drink that removes your free will!) and a romance between a guilt-ridden conservative journalist and an Ethiopian Orthodox homeless … [Read more...]

“How to Write About Sex”

this was the part which struck me: These insights extended to matters of the heart. A couple of years ago, after dating a mutual acquaintance of ours had left me feeling bruised and baffled, I sought Sister’s advice. After hearing my story, she frowned slightly and asked, “Are you sure ________ is even capable of the kind of intimacy you want?” Just recently, the woman was diagnosed with a mild form of Asperger’s Syndrome, which, while not precluding intimacy absolutely, does tend to … [Read more...]