I'm the author of ten books, including Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, forthcoming from Knopf in January 2010; The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, a New York Times bestseller that was published by Knopf last year and is now available as a Vintage paperback; Black Planet: Facing Race during an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. My essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Yale Review, Salon, Slate, Believer, and McSweeney's. I live with my wife and daughter in Seattle, where I'm a professor in the English department at the University of Washington. I also teach in the Warren Wilson College low-residency MFA program.
What fuels my creativity? I stuttered badly as a child and still stutter slightly now. I write in order to communicate.
David Markson, Vanishing Point, This Is Not a Novel, The last Novel, Reader's Block.
J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello.
Simon Gray, The Smoking Diaries.
E.M. Cioran, The Temptation to Exist.
Blaise Pascal, Pensees.
Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave.
Leonard Michaels, Shuffle.
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet.
Hi, Rachel, Dan, and David. Thanks.
Excited to see you here. My former thesis advisor, a Warren Wilson alum, introduced me to your work -- I really enjoyed _A Handbook for Drowning_ and _Enough about You_. Best wishes.
Hi David! You're on fictionaut! Wild. Hope all is well in Seattle.
Welcome! I recognized your name!