Book review: “Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale” by Chuck Kinder

This review first appeared in the Albany Times Union (August 11, 2001) Hilarious, loving characters in ‘Honeymooners’ Chuck Kinder’s first novel since “The Silver Ghost,” in 1978, “Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale” ($24; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 358 pages), is a hilarious, yet unflinching, eyes-against-the-windshield journey through years of booze, drugs, sex, friendships, lies and betrayalsContinue reading “Book review: “Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale” by Chuck Kinder”

Book review: After Birth by Elisa Albert

I love this book. Get it. Read it. Now. “After Birth” by Elisa Albert tells the story of three months in one woman’s life around a year after giving birth who befriends a former “almost” rock star/poet who is about to give birth. The narrator says of the poet: “I’m a little obsessed with her,Continue reading “Book review: After Birth by Elisa Albert”

‘The Duck’ published in Barleby Snopes 12

Earlier this year, you may have been among the few hundred (OK, maybe thousand) people I bombarded with emails, posts and pleas to vote for my humble short story “The Duck” in Bartleby Snopes’ monthly fiction contest. The winner of each month’s contest is automatically included in Bartleby Snope’s semiannual print journal. Alas, despite allContinue reading “‘The Duck’ published in Barleby Snopes 12”

The writing game is a waiting game

When I was in college, my friends and I often joked about the life of being of writer, especially the low pay, imagining a scenario in which a publisher would say something likeĀ  … “Great story. Here’s a dollar. What else ya got?” What we didn’t talk about was all the waiting that goes alongContinue reading “The writing game is a waiting game”

Early reviews of ‘The Duck’ are in

“Really enjoyed it!” — Professor Gina Occhiogrosso “It’s a great short story.” — Amy Biancolli, arts and culture writer “It’s got my vote.” — Tracy Ormsbee, senior editor for features at the Times Union “It’s a good story.” — my dad Read “The Duck” here: http://bartlebysnopes.com/theduck.htm Vote for “The Duck” as the Story of theContinue reading “Early reviews of ‘The Duck’ are in”

Review: The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars The TV show Haven brought me to this tale, which was more of a story about stories — a kind of using fiction to figure out a kind of aesthetic — that makes a clever distinction between stories that are good for theContinue reading “Review: The Colorado Kid by Stephen King”