I started life as a blond and still sorta miss it
I am a native NYer living in exile lo these many years.
I am Associate Editor at the former Mississippi Review, now BLIP.
I serve on the Board of Advisors for Fictionaut.
I was an ass't fiction editor at the Anticoh Review, back in day
I started out as a philosophy professor and got re-arranged.
I am an Italian-American.
I am a shoe-thrower.
I "studied" (ahem) with William H. Gass and T.C. Boyle, and just completed my second novel, Leaving Telluride.
My first novel, an epistolary novel written with Susan Tepper, is called What May Have Been: Letters of Jackson Pollock and Dori G, and is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press in January of 2010.
Bonus: I shot the cover art for this new novel--a dune at Montauk, shot in the gloaming, surf pounding behind me, peepers screaming behind and in front, and Susan on my cell phone saying, didja you get the shot, huh? didja?
i write to get the girl
hasn't worked yet
a boy tries
Today's faves: Meg Wolitzer, Mary Gaitskill, John Hawke, Mary Karr, William Maxwell, James Tate, Richard Yates, W.S. Merwin, Toby Wolff, John Fante, Miranda July, Mary Grimm, many of my Fictionaut fellow writers.
Yesterday: Jacques Derrida (friend, mentor) Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, Edmund Husserl, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Baudrillard, Deleuze, Kristeva, Kundera, Lacan, Stanislavski.
Always: Dante, Shakespeare, Montaigne, Proust, Elizabeth Bishop, Amy Hempel, G.G. Marquez, John Ashbery, Mark Strand, Cormac McCarthy, V. Nabokov (Lolita the only convincing love story?), Ann Beattie, William Trevor, Mary Robison, Alice Munro, John Cheever, Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, Harold Brodkey, James Robison, David St. John, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Updike, F & D Barthelme. And etc.
Thank you, Gary, for reading Brides! And how in the world are you? it's nice to see you here.
Thanks for the kind feedback on "Carver", yo.
Looking for a latest story. I already read Grocery Girl. Direct me -
Gary, hope you're well. Thanks for all the support. Someday we'll have to swap Irwin Shaw notes.
Gary, thanks for the recent comments on "What Some Boys Do!"
Gary, thanks so much for the kind comment and fave on "The Mechanics of Sex."
Hi Gary, thanks for the generous praise! I just buggered the vampire with a crucifix but I think he liked it.
One wonders what is up with this new frost...One is curious...It's natural to be curious...so--??
Gary, one of the best tweeters is Jules Archer, and if anyone could twoop nicely (well), she could. Swedes check their poop, Scots think it's better not to check it too often, the English don't poop. That is what I learned living in my family.
O man, I had to unfriend you on FB. Kept getting spam and ads for shoes and weight loss crap and emails from yr site from people I dn't know and I bet you don't--Sad. Whassup?
Gary, one never knows when I may write a letter to someone, or once I get started writing, stop. Thanks for the * on my "Unmailed Letter to B'go."
Thanks for the fav on "History", Gary.
Thank you, Gary. It means a lot that you read and enjoyed it.
Gary, appreciate the read of Cupid's Marksmanship. I'm sure you can relate. :) Anyway, thank you, sir. Keep on pounding out the good stuff.
Hi, Gary. Thanks for the vote on "The Hotel Where Esenin Hanged Himself." Appreciate it!
thank you Gary. means a lot from you my friend. also, love those shades!
Thanks Gary, for reading and commenting on my piece "Last Night On Oil Street". That's quite a compliment and it means a lot!
Thanks for commenting on "Magritte," Gary. Glad you liked the poem!
Gary, you are the best. Thanks so much for the star for "Baby, Baby..."
Gary, Thanks for faving "Before the Door." Appreciate the read!
Malibu porpoises were declared sexiest by the Oracle of Dolphi. Or Eric Dolphy.
So the Yankees lost? I'm in France and missed a day of baseball in flight.
Hey, Gary! Thank you for your recent comment on "Husk of Hare." Hope you're doing well.
Gracias! Thanks for your comment on "The Sum Above."
thank you for liking "Throwing Back" and no I do not flirt at all! Goodness! I never have, and never will! that is why the lady writers adore me, I am so bookish!
gary, thank you for your warm comment on "Burglaries". I just love that picture of you and dog. it is the sweetest.
Thank you for your lovely thoughts about my breasts, and their loveliness. I am awash in lovely thoughts about them too. I understand how hard it must be to be covered with so many breasts, that is the world of Gary, and how many breasts you must therefore reject and though of course it is a "lucky place to be" I'm sure it dips and peaks.
Thanks for faving the Visa poem!
Gary - thank you for your supportive comment on "Flapping"! A lost and found story thanks to a friend. Hope you are wellish. I am wellish and so forth. I feel like it has been so long since we have said hello. So hello! xoxo
Thanks for the kick ass compliment on Las Vegas. James Tate...sigh/swoon/blush.
Thanks so much we followed the story here via the internet. If they had not found that guy when they did we were sure there would have been a race riot--I think NYPD also was afraid of that. Brooklyn in July--not a good scene. Unfortunately I just knew how it would end--although I did not expect him to found.
i am just back from a road trip and found nice words from you about my new story... thank you!
Gary, Thanks for faving "Black Ice." Always great to have you as a reader.
Thank you so much for the comment to A June Defection! Indeed, the ragged way we fall. That is also the city where I was offered to buy ice cream in a blizzard. A wonderful place. :)
Gary, you are too kind. xoxo
re: Elizabeths.. thank you
Gary! Thank you for your comment on "The Number 4." Hope you're doing well. :)
Thanks, Gary! James Tate loving awkward misfit Aquarians unite!
Gary, thanks for the fine commentary. I've excised that line. Just an experiment. We'll see. Best, Isabell
Thanks, Gary, for reading and liking "Mad Love." Really good movie from the 1930's starring Peter Lorre!
Gary, thanks for your comments on my last copuple of poems. Means a lot.
G, thanks for what you wrote about Tool.
Gary, thanks for your kind words on the May 19th poem, very appreciated!
Gary, any resemblances to real people who are not members of the Wisconsin Mycological Society are entirely coincidental. Thanks for the read!
Hi Gary! Thank you so much for the welcome to FN. I'm delighted to be here! The writing is so strong and inspiring. It feels like a good home.
PS There are nice fjords in Canada too, if they are closer to where you are. Don't tell the Norwegian fjords I said that, though.
Great to hear from you, Gary. Thanks for the nice commentary on "The Mariner's Daughter". I've been away for too long. I look forward to reconnecting.
Gary, belated thanks for you comment on This Girl. Much appreciation.
thanks for the star, Gary! singularity, yes...that is what I strive for!
Thank you so much, Gary, for "ickmeister Catholic" comments on "Sinister Age of the Draft." I got the best comments on this one! Totally cracked up!!! Much appreciated!!
Thank you for the comment on 'Blind' ! Much appreciated.
thank you for the star, my friend. I know it means something when it comes from you. I hope all is wellish.
Thanks for reading parable of the bitter diva. Glad you thought it had that ouch-factor.
A Zombie Guide To Dating, Lesson One: do not try to eat your date's brains, as this is a sure-fire way to make this your first and only date.
I smell a best-seller.
Thanks for reading my open letter, Gare Bear!
Thanks Gar! Hope all's well!
Hi Gary! Great to meetcha. Look forward to readin' your stuff. Thanks so much for complimenting & favin' my latest!
"spampoem"--you've named the form! Thanks for commenting on "The Truth Will Out."
"I am big maxwell fan"
Me too. Is there a specific influence for that last sentence in "April 9"?
Hi Gary - Thank you so much for your nice words on "Christina Heppel"!!
Glad you liked "Staring at Waves." Thanks, Gary! Thanks for the fave!
well, you may be right - but what should i do? Should I write him a note, and that says "Dear Marcus, would you like to do another penis story? Best, Meg" ??
Dearest Gary, thank you for reading Proposal I'm glad you did and i love your suggestion about re-igniting the penis wars with marcus. I don't think he will go for it, though.
Said it on Fbook, but thought I'd say it here, too. Hippo Birdy Two Ewes!!! (I'm a bday fan. It's my boyfriend's bday today, too! You are in good company. Enjoy!).
Happy birthday, Gary! :) I'm so glad we met on here.
Hi Gary, I haven't been around Fictionaut as much lately (freelance work last summer and then other activities since), but love, when I have the time, to catch up on your pieces and others. Thanks for saying howdy.
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Great Moments in Blindness." I had a literal cage in mind (actually a boardwalk ride), but love the idea of Rilke's panther and cage.
thank you, g, thank you
Thank you Gary, for the nice words and the fav on Ping Pong!
Gary, It's always interesting to have your perspective on my work. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Whipping Post.
Gary - thank you for your insights on The Belt.
Thanks for the comment on Eat, Pray, Love, Gary. I always appreciate your thoughts.
I'm glad you liked my dog is, Mr. Percesepe. U r funny. Cheers. -- Q
Thanks so much for the FAV, Gary. I lost my way for a while but think I'm back on track. Best, I.
Thank you, Gary! Well one's dead and one I hope never reads the piece...! ha ha!
Thanks, Gary! Glad you liked "I Am Not a Corpse."
Centipedes? Surely you jest.
Gary, thanks so much for kind words & fave for "Moro". I promise my next one will be a happy one...maybe. Kath
Hey, GP, thank you for being the magical tenth fav on Things I Should Have Done #1 - such a nice way to start this weekend. Greetings and gratitude from NYC.
Thanks for your feedback, Gary. I appreciate the fact that you've stuck with this story.
Thanks, Gary, for reading that new one of mine. I appreciate it!
Gary, you were kind to fave a story that contained such an emotionally harrowing song for you! Thanks for sharing your own story though. Kath
Thanks, Gary, for the fave of "Florid Psychosis." Always find your comments fascinating.
seriously, geep, thank you for the nicest note in the history of notes. i'm keeping that one in my pocket.
Gary, thank you for reading and saying nice and warm things about "The LOVE Word". My nightly Facebook freewrites are saving my writing life! I don't care who joins me, i just know that every night it is showtime! Anyway, thanks, very very much.
Gary, such a joker, you. George S. would've banned us both for life, I'm sure. & as always, thnx.
Re your comment on Godfrey - I was replying to Marcus on how Penises can be enticing. I'll get my coat...
Thanks so much, Gary, for your comments on "Origin" :)
Thank you for your letter,attention and compliments.
Gary! Thanks for the comment and lovely * on Time to Rest! I like what you say about necessary writing.
Thanks, Gary, for the comment on and fav of "Self Alaska." Pleased you liked the poem so much.
Like your new picture!
Hey! Are we going to see some Percesepe noir? Can't wait.
Thank you for reading, Gary. Aerobics instructors are a strange breed, aren't they? Take care.
hi, i really enjoyed your "i want to feed you" piece!
Thanks for reading my piece and for the comment, Gary. I love the idea of being an "old soul," such a lovely compliment.
Gosh, you're opening up as whole new world of rhyme I never considered! Glad you liked "Augustinian Prayer Sonnet." Thanks for commenting.
Gary, thanks for your comments on In the Lake. I laughed. But you know, as Lish says there are only two creative acts... f**king and writing.... so perhaps it's not the water at FN! But seriously, thank you for reading and the fav.
Gary, I perused a few of your stories and hovered a while over "Studies in the Novel" The narration/dialog is seemless.
I'll be back soon.
"DH Lawrence went
to the gym to work out.
He had a small dry cough,
then ripped some reps"
Keep going! You're on a roll.
Like the additions you suggest, Gary. This could turn into a community poem! Thanks for commenting on "D.H. Lawrence of Suburbia."
Glad you liked "Something, He Wrote." Thanks, Gary.
thanks, Gary, for the * and the title suggestion. Not Knowing: that is growing on me... :)
Thanks, Gary for your feedback. Feel like this novel is taking on a life of its own, which is an excellent feeling. Your editing feedback for 1-6 really helped.
Thanks for laughing your ass off at Pussy Love. Much obliged.
Thanks, Gary, for the read. Sorry it hurt, glad it hurt.
Thank you Gary. I wrote For Those Who Asked Why 2 months ago when I actually did it, and am grateful for your supportive comments.
I'm certain Gore would have loved to have been mistaken for God. Glad you liked the poem. Always appreciate your comments.
Gary, thanks so much for All Credit Rescinded (gee, and 4 times too--
Figured a few could relate to that Tom Waits/Madonna contrast. Glad you enjoyed French Kiss, Gary. Thanks for the * on my male POV adventure.
Wow, Gary, Thank you for the insightful and exceptional feedback. Hadn't really thought much about the unusual perspective of the story, that the tale is fairly unique. But your comments on the "tragic-comedy" line helped me to see that. That thing I do? Now I just have to find the way to keep doing it...Grazie mille!
Hi, Gary. Thanks so much for your comments. I look forward to reading your work. Best, Rae.
And, by the way, small universe indeed. Big happy sigh.
Gary- that is one of my favorite lines too. I am glad you found it embedded in the other details. Thank you.
Thanks, Gary, for commenting on "When Veronivca Lake Died Today...." What's your favorite lake film? I love her in This Gun for Hire and I Married a Witch.
Thank you for the kind comments on my dodo poem.
Gary, thanks for your read and response on All Credit Rescinded, much appreciate
I have a poem right here - still haven't looked at it for a second time though..soon..
I have a poem write here - still haven't looked at it for a second time though..soon..
Thank you for your comment on my Orpheus story, Gary. Myths are so much fun to play around with.
Thank you for the wonderful compliments on "Cherchez"! I'd just finished reading "Quiver" when you sent this note and had just faved the piece. It is a stunning. I was enchanted by the close of the first paragraph, and certainly look forward to reading more.
I am alive, and you are kind. Thanks for reading, Gary, and always having something nice to say.
Thank you for the generous comment on "The Sky is Simply White." I appreciate and value your responses, Gary.
Thanks for the comment on "Documents Carcasses".
Thanks, Gary, for your comment on "Magritte." Appreciate it!
I loved the one word comment on Lake Chelan! Thank you for that and the fav.
Hello, Gary--I really appreciated the latest feedback you gave on my story. After a long absence from Fictionaut, I'm looking forward to writing more, posting more and commenting more. Nice to hear from you.
Thank you so very much, Gary, for your comment and * on X. Really appreciate what you say there.
Gary, Thank you for your compliment on "I didn't know that I was lost". I just read the first thing on your posts, and have to stop to cry. Why I did the Grocery Girl. Wow. Still waiting to have my revenge affair, and perhaps gain some insight into the defining moment of a relationship. Bravo.
With much metta
And to you as well!
Much thanks for the reviews on "Passages" & "The Death of Me". Yes, fearless girls are my specialty...or maybe my writing addiction.
Thanks for appreciating "Something About Ireland", Gary. I've never been to Ireland, but I guess I just keep my ears open here in NYC.
Thanks. You da Man, reverend.
Gary, so many thanks for your reading of my story Deer. Yeah-- bring back Cousin Brucie
"somebody notify Degas"
Thanks for your funny and encouraging comments on my recent stories. You may steal Zelie whenever you get ready.
Gary, Times are Tough!
Sacrifices Must Be Made!
$300 for Hair Care will have to do (in "Me You Love") for now....
Many, many thanks for your kind words of encouragement on "I don't have a gun" - they are much appreciated :)!
'Only connect' what? Sorry, I don't know what you mean. :)
re: your comment on "Acute Amusement" and playing with mercury as a kid: guess we're both doomed!
After urging you to do the aforementioned (and important) literary work, I just read what you wrote about the interview with Meg. I bow to people who have ever taught philosophy....so this is high praise coming from you. Thanks.....
Hey, Gary--I think you should write Nietzche's Umbrella. I can already see the movie....
hi! I'm glad you liked, I kind of had to get years of pent-up sexual frustration out on the page. I'd love to post to your group anytime, I'm already a member. yay!
Gary, thanks for liking my "Elevator Neighbors" story -- also, I'm really glad to be able to share it on the wonderful Fictionaut.
Thanks, Gary, for your read and comments on Elephant. I like what you say about the writing that comes straight out with no filters. I appreciate that very much.
gary, i love how you read. thanks so much for your thoughtful note on my short.
gary, i love how you read. thanks for your thoughtful note on my short.
I like your 'location/occupation' haha.
Thanks, Gary, for reading Kristy's blog and following it to Dreaming in Mink.
Gary, you are too kind. Hope all's well in Ohio (my home state, you know).
Dude are you in NY right now? That Salinger exhibit at The Morgan Library ends May 9! You should totally go and check it out!
Gary, thank you for reading This Girl in That Shirt. Your thoughts are much appreciated.
Thanks, Gary. Glad you liked the story. They used to call Stassen "The Boy Wonder" in Minnesota.
Ha! Thanks for the comment on my comment ;-) Happy to be of some small service. So. Beer. Next time you are in NYC. Maybe we can get Gordon Lish to join us, too.
Gary, thank you so much for your kind words on Spill - I'm very flattered. Martha
Gary- Thanks so much for the kind words on “Letter to Neruda”, so appreciated! :) -Sam
Hi Gary, thank you for reading On West 4th Street. I was a bartender in a place on W 4th between 6th and 7th, and I loved to watch those courts whenever I could. (On the rare occasion when I was alive during daylight)
Had a chuckle over your profile - off now to read some more of your stories.
thanks for saying hello, gary. I think i was once roundly rejected by the mississippi review. Well, you know, it was good for building character, or something like that.
I don't really know what fictionaut is yet. Ray Collins invited me to join and since i think Ray Collins is super cool, here i am. After i check this site out a bit, i'll post something.
Hey Gary, thanks for reading and commenting on A Boy and His Tire. Much appreciated. foster.
And by the way you look terrific for being so old. I had an uncle once, or I think it was a great-uncle come to think of it, who was also born in 1911. He didn't hold up like you. Must be all that shoe-throwing you do keeps you in shape.
Gary - thank you so much for your enthusiastic feedback on Love, Story. Glad it hit home. I am in exile too (but not from NY) -- and therefore glad to have found this community!
Gary - thanks for the sey hey on Poetipedia. That's at least 1 that got that ref.
Big earthquake. It'll shiver your timbers--just like your story.
Gary, I couldn't figure out where to put it, so I posted it as a "story." It is called "Lesson 38," a poem I found in a Spanish-English study guide called Onlingo in 2007. Inspired by your "Why I Write Such Good Songs, Coyote."
Gary, thanks so much for reading Girl. I'm thrilled it worked for you. And congrats, again, on your good stuff -- woot, woot!
Absolutely, a mile or so from Cannon, where the prodigy learned his chops. We don't see 2 1/2 of powder in a winter: evidently it's boiler plate( which we have in plenty) that earns you gold. What do i know, just a backcountry plodder skiing more uphills than down...Telluride sounds like aproximate heaven though, in my limited but ethereal experiences with powder...
Thanks for Trial Separation comment. Keeps me going.
...oops> TO my story, that is...
Hey, Gary, Thanks very much for the kind response my story...And how was the skiing? We're about out of snow here in Bode's hometown..
Wanted to let you know that Giacometti is still on my mind days later, even though it's no longer on fictionaut.
Gary, "One More Thing" is so beautiful. Wonderful.
Ciao Gary, tu parli italiano? Thanks for the creative comment on A Life Twice Told - I'm glad you liked it.
You, sir, are the master of the 'fine story.' I am humbled.
thank you for welcoming me to the site; thank you for confirming me un-ordinary state of being. :)
Thank you, Gary, for your thoughts on "A Name That Hurts." It's great to see you on here!
Thank you so much, Gary, for your lovely words about "Water Damage".
the boxing gloves a nice touch, Gary. thanks for the comment!
Thanks, Gary for your reply and the kind welcome to Fictionaut, where I seem to be finding myself pretty happy to be.
I read your funny, sharp and comprehensive Gass summary. He has a line somewhere,like, From any given point in a story nothing necessarily follows and anything plausibly may...which I've been wrestling with ever since. In a good way.
Thanks for the welcome! And yes, I adore Laura. I feel so so so lucky to have found her.
hi gary, is it better to respond to comments on the story page or on your wall? so glad you liked to die-for. and thanks, once more for the group tip. i'm getting to your work today, just as soon as I scrap this Play-Doh off the floor.
Gary, Wow. Thanks so much for reading and supporting my story. I worried about that shift, I was set on it but didn't want it to feel patched together. It was important to earn it. Your comments give me hope I did. I'm new here and see now I've got to catch up on your work. I look forward to it. Thanks again, Sara
Yo, Gary. I've invited you to my private group. I've posted something over there that I'm hoping you'll have a look at. It addresses the nature of truth. Will you check it out?
Gary, you're right about W. S. Trow. God I love his writing. This line from Within the Context of No Context is nearly perfect: "In the absence of adults, people came to put their trust in experts."
"Mulling over" isn't very sexy, but yes, a very sexy group indeed!
Thanks for the warm welcome.
I didn't pull it but I marked it private while I mess around under the hood.
Yo, Gary. Thanks for the feedback. Yeah, I got a little too tricky with it. Great call on removing 'criminal' from the opener. I'm going to tinker with it.
Yo, Gary. Hope you're doing well. For the past few weeks I've been searching for the works of Gorgias. I've got something good, real good that's brewing in the kitchen. I have found 'Encomium of Helen' and a few other things here and there, but I've yet to find 'On Nature.' Do you know of a place where I might find more of his writings?
gary, the beginning of my novel is in the "hidden workshop" for comments. it's called "Face of the Earth". and i am also mysteriously and most pleasantly ensconced in the surprise of creation. lovely present to myself if you ask me. cheers, ff
thank you gary, for the comment on the matchbook debate! cheers and have a great holiday, ff
Thank you for the kind welcome, Gary. I love your answer to "Why do you write?" Indeed, nothing tells you you're alive quite like it.
Good to see you here too, Gary! And thanks to you, I've now got 6 more books added to my long reading list.
Hi Gary, and thanks for the warm welcome to fictionault. Funnily enough, what little I've learned about courage probably came from the movies, too. :) I look forward to getting to know your work and the work of other authors here much better.
Thanks for the welcome, Gary!
Thank you for the welcome...
I assure you nothing was made up (well, I do believe in forgiving without getting even...sometimes...just kidding my accomplished greeter)...just reported...seriously...I'm old...also an Italian-American...
Hi Gary, thanks for the message. Climacus or de Silentio? I've read a tad of the first volume of 'Either/Or'. Best quote ever: “I divide my time as follows: half the time I sleep, the other half I dream. I never dream when I sleep, for that would be a pity, for sleeping is the highest accomplishment of genius.”
Last Spring, I read Johannes de Silentio's 'Fear and Trembling'. It's sitting on the desk next to me right now. The description about the knight of faith is rad, "Good God! Is this the person, is it really Him? He looks like a tax-gatherer."
SK is my all time favorite. I flip through his journal every now and then. 'Sickness Unto Death' is waiting for me at the bookshelf and I've yet to read it. One of these days...
And Fante - I found out about him because I thought the cover of 'Ask the Dust' looked cool. I wonder about that. Salinger must have read ‘Ask the Dust’ before he wrote Catcher. John Fante/Arturo Bandini is the man.
Hi, Gary. It's nice to know that Fictionaut is philosopher-friendly. I'm definitely going to check out some of your books.
Gary, I was referring to the anthology: "Blue Cathedral: Short Fiction for the New Millennium" where I saw Ed Falco's name. He did some hypertext way back.
Oh my, just saw Ed Falco's name up there on your books list; you don't do hypertext, do you? I just spent the summer writing a hypertext a day for 100 days as part of a group artistic project. Have you ever written into the medium?
William Gay was a discovery that just blew me away. I'm eagerly awaiting "The Lost Country."
Thanks for reading "At the Bar". I took you up on your invite to post a girl-and-her-dog story in your group!
Many thanks for your kind response to "Siam."
thanks for the welcome. i'm a native NYer also, happily on the other coast now... the one with the beautiful weather & people.
Thank you for the kind (and well timed) comments. I'm all a-flutter.
Oh, yes. Another Hegwood. And I would've said the best one of the bunch 'til Elizabeth came along.
Thanks for the hello. Now I will semi-publicly pressure you and the Powers that B. to re-start Public Scrutiny.
A little more seriously: This is cool, 'specially for people like me in a foreign land with no workshops no more.
Thanks for the welcome, Gary! And thanks for your effing ineffable comment. It's great to see you here.
a really bad mystery series, i'm thinking:
Sex in the First
Murder in the Bottom of the Eighth
Thanks for the fave and comment, Gary. Sorry my story stung you, especially if it required ointment. Read at your own risk.
Hello, Gary. Please thank your team for publishing me some years ago.
Hey Gary, Thanks for the invites to the groups. How the heck do they work exactly? Do you know? I'm still trying to figure them out. Also, I didn't realize you were an associate editor at the Mississippi Review! That must be a cool job. Maybe I'll send something your way sometime! :-)
Congratulations,Gary. I can't think of a finer choice of person anywhere on the literary globe for the Fictionaut Board of Advisors. Just got back from vacation so this was a very nice surprise to come home to--way to go!
ps I always "thought" you had to be -
Holy crap! Batman. Postmodern Philosophy and Christian Thought! I always though you had to be a Jesuit to know Dean the Dream and now I know I was right! Thanks for your comments.
Shoe thrower - that's good.
Love the new picture and seeing your books up there! Yes!
Ooh, Gary, what a beautiful poodle! I feel like I have learned so much about you today. It was a fascinating interview in Pank.
Thank you for the comments on my latest work. You've inspired me to keep moving forward with these pieces.
I've been away from Fictionaut for a while and was feeling a little unsteady. Your feedback has motivated me to keep writing in this current vein--and keep posting.
Fantastic that you are talking up TWINS at a party. Thanks. Don't worry too much about the poodle, okay?
I think James Tate is our greatest living poet!
Thanks Gary. Just having a look at some of your poems and I'm impressed.
thank you! I'm pleased to meet you ... Hope we will collaborate in some ways...Have a nice day ( here it's 16:00 p.m. )...
Hi Gary! Thanks for saying hi. Hello to you too.
Thanks to you for the welcome back. (You know Robert Olen Butler? I've got FSU on the ol' radar. Makes me wish I'd sucked it up a few years back, bought the plane ticket, and done that Prague workshop with him. Alas.)
Gary, thank you for clearing up the whole envelope full of cash thing. I never know where to send those.
I look forward to reading you.
Hey Gary--thanks for the contact add. I will send you a copy of the essay collection when it comes out (probably later this fall). Best, Curt
I'm glad my Better Than Court TV episode made you laugh, Gary. It's supposed to. So I succeeded.
"You're most welcome. Pnin is actually my favorite Nabakov. Probably a strange choice, but so damn funny.
enjoy your weekend.
Ha! Thanks for your comments on "Dinner With The Lydia." I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I don't know where you find the time for it all, writers and muses alike, but I sure appreciate you.
I went back to reread one of your poems, Gary, and it appears to be gone. or was it, like Coleridge's Kubla Khan, "a vision in a dream. A fragment"
Thank you for the commentary on my story.
Thank you so much for your comment and your good words. I'm really looking forward to reading more of your work!
Thanks for the brick. Here's one back...not to throw, but to build. Cheers, Robert
hi Gary, i like "The Way We Live Now" a lot. also, i really liked the frederick barthelme interview you did in NOR some time ago. thanks for both things.
Gary: You write the BEST reviews/comments. Though I imagine you probably write a damn good grocery list on top of it all. The things you do with words ... thanks for throwing some my way. You are, indeed, a day-maker as both writer and reader. Lauren
Don’t come see me at work Gary.
Thanks for reading my very few posts and for your kinds words. I think you already know I like several of the pieces you've posted here.
Hi Gary, Thanks for adding me as a contact!
Wow, thanks for the splendid review. I'm elated. I'm also very curious about other works on the site and i mean to start hunting tomorrow after I teach.
You're on here, too? :) What a pleasure! xo, H
Hi Gary, I thought I'd stop by and shamelessly self-promote. It would be lovely to meet at AWP (even though I have reason to believe we currently live in the same state, though this will change for me quite soon).
Jason Behrends, of What to Wear During an Orange Alert, presents:
Special Orange Alert AWP Reading
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
S. Craig Renfroe
Allison Eir Jenks
THE BOOK CELLAR
4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
Hey Gary, I'm a Kent State alum (and former 9-1-1 dispatcher and English instructor there) Kunstler came up a few times for the annual memorial services. I think, originally, he represented the kids who were shot. On the 25th anniversary we had a giant poetry reading- I'm pretty sure he came for that one. So- it's a knowing in passing kind of thing. Me, he wouldn't know from Adam.
Yeah, I love it here. I live between Denver and Colorado Springs, have been here eight years and I'm still a lousy skier, ha.
Gary, you are one I immediately recognized when scanning the names here! Hope your activism and thieving is going well ... I want to hear more about the latter especially!