Fictionaut: The Blog

We’ve opened the Fictionaut blog to the public at This is where I’ll continue to announce site news along with short interviews with members such as Tania Hershman, Keith Lee Morris, Matt Bondurant, and (upcoming!) Tayari Jones, as well as selections of  favorite Fictionaut stories — so far, we’ve featured Frederick Barthelme, Ami Greko, Richard Nash, and Meakin Armstrong.

We also now have a Facebook page, if that’s your kind of thing. Drop by, subscribe to the feed, leave an obscene comment, and if you haven’t already, request a Fictionaut invite. Much more to come.

Also, because one new blog per week just isn’t enough, I’ve started tumbling.

The Devil Went Down to Muxville

For a few days each spring and fall, while the increasingly volatile meteorological pendulum swings from frozen sewer to sweltering garbage heap, New York City enjoys perfect weather. September 11, 2001 was such a day, and so is today — 60 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, and an unheard-of ratio of smiles to thrown elbows at the corner of Broadway & Steinway.

So why I am I still inside, blogging? To share a few linkworthy items, along with my ever-evolving muxtape and another lousy short film: whiplash and Mozart, together at last. If you’d like to join us for the season’s first open-air Jever, drop by the Astoria Beergarden later. I’ll be the guy pointing a camera at you.

Also of note:

Mississippi Review Movie Issue

Mississippi Review Movie Issue

We’re proud to present the April issue of the Mississippi Review Web, dedicated to fiction inspired by the movies. Check it out at or go straight to the pdf download. Featuring:

  • Brandon Scott Gorrell: Godzilla
  • Colin Bassett: Dance Party, U.S.A.
  • Emma Garman: Talking with Françoise Sagan
  • John Minichillo: Nearly Here
  • Katherine A. Gleason: Fred Astaire Refuses
  • Lori Romero: Rockfall
  • Meghan Austin: Requiem for an Almost Lady
  • Myfanwy Collins: Verbatim

Seven Breaths

It sounds like a lame joke but it’s true: it took me all week to figure out that I wanted to post the following bit of wisdom from the Hagakure, via Ghost Dog:

In the words of the ancients, one should make his decisions within the space of seven breaths. It is a matter of being determined and having the spirit to break through to the other side. (listen)

Certainly lines up nicely with T.H. White’s lesson on how to pull the sword from the stone, quoted earlier. One person who clearly has the spirit to break through to the other side is fickle-blogger Ryan Adams, who can make a movie and write a song called “Thursday Night” and post it on Friday morning.

“THURSDAY NIGHT” from Ryan Adams on Vimeo.

Major Cyrillus

The first three installments of Major Cyrillus Mystical Trip to Mars are online at Es ist Mitternacht John, the blog of Commander Koenig a.k.a. my good friend Jochen Carbuhn. By way of introduction, here is his greeting:

Ich bin höchst erfreut Ihnen die Wiedereröffnung des Mad Scientist Memorial Theaters verkünden zu dürfen, die Bühne des gescheiterten Experiments, welche sich ausschließlich populärmetaphysischen Themen widmet, wie zum Beispiel: “Wer war nochmal der fünfte Reiter der Apokalypse?” Unter dem Motto “Schwarze Milch – aber sauer, bitte” versammeln sich Künstler, Autoren und Kiezgrößen, die unter Zwangsneurosen, Existenzangst und Schlaflosigkeit leiden, um Ihnen den “final Nightcap” zu verpassen: Es ist Mitternacht, James. Vorhang auf!