Gary Percesepe

Location at large
Occupation activist, thief

Books by Gary Percesepe
  • by Gary J. Percesepe
    Prentice Hall, 1995.

  • by Kate Mehuron, Gary J. Percesepe
    Prentice Hall, 1994.

  • by Gary John Percesepe
    Peter Lang Publishing, 1988.

    Red Hen Press, 2000.

  • by Merold Westphal
    Indiana University Press, 1999.

    Red Hen Pr, 1998.

  • by Gary Percesepe
    Pure Slush Books, 2013.

  • by Gary Percesepe
    Pure Slush Books, 2013.
  • About Me

    I started life as a blond and still sorta miss it
    I hide
    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 did.

    Why do you write?

    i write to get the girl

    hasn't worked yet

    a boy tries

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    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.

    Gary Percesepe's Wall

    Ann Bogle – Jun 03, 2021

    Just paying a visit, Gary, dropped by your profile page (wall) to find out how you define it. It's a good read!

    Dianne McKnight-Warren – Sep 21, 2017

    The "rebirth" I felt after reading dead poet came from my admiration for its craft, for the possibilities of using language and image in oblique ways to tell a story. It's like you broke something open. I aspire to do that in my own work. It's hard. (I will read James Tate.)

    Dianne McKnight-Warren – Aug 31, 2016

    Hi Gary, Sorry for my delayed response. I loved your Updike story. I never thought anything could make me feel better about my awkward night with him, but your story did! A letter since high school? Oh jeez. That does take the cake. Hilarious! I still laugh out loud when I think about it.

    Great to meet you here. I'm going to catch up on those wonderful little poems you're writing.
    I think we may have been in the same issue of MIssissippi Review. Going to take a look there too. -Dianne

    Kitty Boots – Jul 29, 2016

    Gary, thanks for reading and commenting on Husband Googles Travel Zoo...stupidity knows no bounds.

    Jerry Ratch – Jul 18, 2016

    "One could do worse than be a thrower of shoes"

    David Ackley – Mar 12, 2015

    Thanks, Gary, for reading and commenting on "Blinding Light." You were the first person ever to comment on one of my fictionaut pieces ( after an initial dry spell) Which I very much appreciated then, and still do now.

    Pia Ehrhardt – Sep 13, 2013

    Thank you, Gary, for reading Brides! And how in the world are you? it's nice to see you here.

    Amanda Harris – Jun 20, 2013

    Thanks for the kind feedback on "Carver", yo.

    I'm honored.

    Sturla Grey – Mar 12, 2013

    Looking for a latest story. I already read Grocery Girl. Direct me -

    Jim V – Mar 04, 2013

    Gary, hope you're well. Thanks for all the support. Someday we'll have to swap Irwin Shaw notes.

    Robert Vaughan – Dec 08, 2012

    Gary, thanks for the recent comments on "What Some Boys Do!"

    Gary V. Powell – Nov 09, 2012

    Gary, thanks so much for the kind comment and fave on "The Mechanics of Sex."

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – Aug 03, 2012

    Hi Gary, thanks for the generous praise! I just buggered the vampire with a crucifix but I think he liked it.

    James Robison – Aug 02, 2012

    One wonders what is up with this new frost...One is curious...It's natural to be

    Ann Bogle – Aug 01, 2012

    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.

    James Robison – Jul 13, 2012

    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?

    Ann Bogle – Jul 04, 2012

    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."

    ABxx – Jun 06, 2012

    Thanks for the fav on "History", Gary.

    Mary Lane – Jun 04, 2012

    Thank you, Gary. It means a lot that you read and enjoyed it.



    Jim V – Apr 13, 2012

    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.

    Bill Yarrow – Mar 29, 2012

    Hi, Gary. Thanks for the vote on "The Hotel Where Esenin Hanged Himself." Appreciate it!

    Meg Pokrass – Mar 13, 2012

    thank you Gary. means a lot from you my friend. also, love those shades!

    Nicolette Wong – Feb 01, 2012

    Thanks Gary, for reading and commenting on my piece "Last Night On Oil Street". That's quite a compliment and it means a lot!

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 03, 2012

    Thanks for commenting on "Magritte," Gary. Glad you liked the poem!

    Kathy Fish – Nov 28, 2011

    Gary, you are the best. Thanks so much for the star for "Baby, Baby..."

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 14, 2011

    Gary, Thanks for faving "Before the Door." Appreciate the read!

    James Robison – Oct 08, 2011

    Malibu porpoises were declared sexiest by the Oracle of Dolphi. Or Eric Dolphy.

    Con Chapman – Oct 07, 2011

    So the Yankees lost? I'm in France and missed a day of baseball in flight.

    Christopher Allen – Sep 22, 2011

    Hey, Gary! Thank you for your recent comment on "Husk of Hare." Hope you're doing well.

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 22, 2011

    Gracias! Thanks for your comment on "The Sum Above."

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 20, 2011

    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!

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 19, 2011

    gary, thank you for your warm comment on "Burglaries". I just love that picture of you and dog. it is the sweetest.

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 12, 2011

    Dear Gary,

    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.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 31, 2011

    Thanks for faving the Visa poem!

    Meg Pokrass – Aug 30, 2011

    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

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – Aug 22, 2011

    Thanks for the kick ass compliment on Las Vegas. James Tate...sigh/swoon/blush.

    Brittany Newmark – Aug 11, 2011

    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.

    Meg Pokrass – Aug 01, 2011

    i am just back from a road trip and found nice words from you about my new story... thank you!

    Meg Pokrass – Aug 01, 2011

    i am just back from a road trip and found nice words from you about my new story... thank you!

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 14, 2011

    Gary, Thanks for faving "Black Ice." Always great to have you as a reader.

    Berit Ellingsen – Jun 21, 2011

    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. :)

    Meg Pokrass – Jun 17, 2011

    Gary, you are too kind. xoxo
    re: Elizabeths.. thank you

    Christopher Allen – Jun 17, 2011

    Gary! Thank you for your comment on "The Number 4." Hope you're doing well. :)

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – Jun 08, 2011

    Thanks, Gary! James Tate loving awkward misfit Aquarians unite!

    Meg Pokrass – Jun 07, 2011

    xoxoxo thnkyou.

    ABxx – Jun 03, 2011

    Gary, thanks for the fine commentary. I've excised that line. Just an experiment. We'll see. Best, Isabell

    Bill Yarrow – May 25, 2011

    Thanks, Gary, for reading and liking "Mad Love." Really good movie from the 1930's starring Peter Lorre!

    Jim V – May 25, 2011

    Gary, thanks for your comments on my last copuple of poems. Means a lot.

    Susan Tepper – May 23, 2011

    G, thanks for what you wrote about Tool.

    Jim V – May 23, 2011

    Gary, thanks for your kind words on the May 19th poem, very appreciated!

    Guy Yasko – May 23, 2011

    Gary, any resemblances to real people who are not members of the Wisconsin Mycological Society are entirely coincidental. Thanks for the read!

    Berit Ellingsen – May 17, 2011

    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.

    ABxx – May 17, 2011

    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.

    Lori Lou Freshwater – May 12, 2011

    Gary, belated thanks for you comment on This Girl. Much appreciation.

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – May 10, 2011

    thanks for the star, Gary! singularity, yes...that is what I strive for!

    Meg Tuite – May 03, 2011

    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!!

    Roberta – May 03, 2011

    Thank you for the comment on 'Blind' ! Much appreciated.

    Meg Pokrass – May 01, 2011

    thank you for the star, my friend. I know it means something when it comes from you. I hope all is wellish.

    M – Apr 26, 2011

    Thanks for reading parable of the bitter diva. Glad you thought it had that ouch-factor.

    Erin Zulkoski – Apr 23, 2011

    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!

    Julie Innis – Apr 22, 2011

    Thanks Gar! Hope all's well!

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – Apr 21, 2011

    Hi Gary! Great to meetcha. Look forward to readin' your stuff. Thanks so much for complimenting & favin' my latest!

    Bill Yarrow – Apr 21, 2011

    "spampoem"--you've named the form! Thanks for commenting on "The Truth Will Out."

    Bill Yarrow – Apr 21, 2011

    "I am big maxwell fan"
    Me too. Is there a specific influence for that last sentence in "April 9"?

    M.H. – Apr 10, 2011

    Hi Gary - Thank you so much for your nice words on "Christina Heppel"!!

    Bill Yarrow – Mar 03, 2011

    Glad you liked "Staring at Waves." Thanks, Gary! Thanks for the fave!

    Meg Pokrass – Feb 13, 2011

    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" ??

    Meg Pokrass – Feb 13, 2011

    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.

    kate hill cantrill – Feb 10, 2011

    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!).

    Kait Mauro – Feb 09, 2011

    Happy birthday, Gary! :) I'm so glad we met on here.

    Jon Davies – Jan 10, 2011

    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.

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 08, 2011

    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.

    Jules Archer – Jan 07, 2011

    thank you, g, thank you

    Cherise Wolas – Dec 13, 2010

    Thank you Gary, for the nice words and the fav on Ping Pong!

    Sara – Dec 12, 2010

    Gary, It's always interesting to have your perspective on my work. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Whipping Post.

    Julie Innis – Dec 12, 2010

    Gary - thank you for your insights on The Belt.

    Kim Conklin – Nov 27, 2010

    Thanks for the comment on Eat, Pray, Love, Gary. I always appreciate your thoughts.

    M – Nov 17, 2010

    I'm glad you liked my dog is, Mr. Percesepe. U r funny. Cheers. -- Q

    ABxx – Nov 15, 2010

    Thanks so much for the FAV, Gary. I lost my way for a while but think I'm back on track. Best, I.

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – Nov 15, 2010

    Thank you, Gary! Well one's dead and one I hope never reads the piece...! ha ha!

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 11, 2010

    : )
    Thanks, Gary! Glad you liked "I Am Not a Corpse."

    Julie Innis – Nov 11, 2010

    Centipedes? Surely you jest.

    Kathy Fish – Nov 08, 2010

    Gary, thanks so much for kind words & fave for "Moro". I promise my next one will be a happy one...maybe. Kath

    Cherise Wolas – Nov 06, 2010

    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.

    ABxx – Nov 05, 2010

    Thanks for your feedback, Gary. I appreciate the fact that you've stuck with this story.

    Kathy Fish – Nov 02, 2010

    Thanks, Gary, for reading that new one of mine. I appreciate it!

    Kathy Fish – Oct 27, 2010

    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

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 26, 2010

    Thanks, Gary, for the fave of "Florid Psychosis." Always find your comments fascinating.

    Sara – Oct 22, 2010

    seriously, geep, thank you for the nicest note in the history of notes. i'm keeping that one in my pocket.

    Meg Pokrass – Oct 15, 2010

    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.

    Julie Innis – Sep 22, 2010

    Gary, such a joker, you. George S. would've banned us both for life, I'm sure. & as always, thnx.

    Claire King – Sep 19, 2010

    Re your comment on Godfrey - I was replying to Marcus on how Penises can be enticing. I'll get my coat...

    M.H. – Sep 18, 2010

    Thanks so much, Gary, for your comments on "Origin" :)

    Anonymous – Sep 03, 2010

    Thank you for your letter,attention and compliments.

    Michelle Elvy – Aug 28, 2010

    Gary! Thanks for the comment and lovely * on Time to Rest! I like what you say about necessary writing.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 20, 2010

    Thanks, Gary, for the comment on and fav of "Self Alaska." Pleased you liked the poem so much.

    Like your new picture!

    Jane Hammons – Aug 20, 2010

    Hey! Are we going to see some Percesepe noir? Can't wait.

    Mary Lane – Aug 17, 2010

    Thank you for reading, Gary. Aerobics instructors are a strange breed, aren't they? Take care.


    Lorenzo Sewanan – Aug 17, 2010

    hi, i really enjoyed your "i want to feed you" piece!

    Kait Mauro – Aug 15, 2010

    Thanks for reading my piece and for the comment, Gary. I love the idea of being an "old soul," such a lovely compliment.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 12, 2010

    Gosh, you're opening up as whole new world of rhyme I never considered! Glad you liked "Augustinian Prayer Sonnet." Thanks for commenting.

    Cherise Wolas – Aug 12, 2010

    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.

    Randal Houle – Aug 10, 2010

    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.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 10, 2010

    "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.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 10, 2010

    Like the additions you suggest, Gary. This could turn into a community poem! Thanks for commenting on "D.H. Lawrence of Suburbia."

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 08, 2010

    Glad you liked "Something, He Wrote." Thanks, Gary.

    Michelle Elvy – Aug 07, 2010

    thanks, Gary, for the * and the title suggestion. Not Knowing: that is growing on me... :)

    ABxx – Aug 06, 2010

    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.

    Best, I.

    Jules Archer – Aug 03, 2010

    Thanks for laughing your ass off at Pussy Love. Much obliged.

    Michelle Elvy – Aug 02, 2010

    Thanks, Gary, for the read. Sorry it hurt, glad it hurt.

    Juhi Kalra – Jul 31, 2010

    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.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 25, 2010

    I'm certain Gore would have loved to have been mistaken for God. Glad you liked the poem. Always appreciate your comments.

    Susan Tepper – Jul 23, 2010

    Gary, thanks so much for All Credit Rescinded (gee, and 4 times too--
    ha ha

    Michelle Elvy – Jul 19, 2010

    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.

    ABxx – Jul 19, 2010

    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!

    Rae Bryant – Jul 18, 2010

    Hi, Gary. Thanks so much for your comments. I look forward to reading your work. Best, Rae.

    Michelle Elvy – Jul 18, 2010

    And, by the way, small universe indeed. Big happy sigh.

    Michelle Elvy – Jul 17, 2010

    Gary- that is one of my favorite lines too. I am glad you found it embedded in the other details. Thank you.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 16, 2010

    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.

    Johnsienoel – Jul 15, 2010

    Thank you for the kind comments on my dodo poem.

    Susan Tepper – Jul 15, 2010

    Gary, thanks for your read and response on All Credit Rescinded, much appreciate

    FM Le – Jul 13, 2010

    I have a poem right here - still haven't looked at it for a second time though..soon..

    FM Le – Jul 13, 2010

    I have a poem write here - still haven't looked at it for a second time though..soon..

    Roberta – Jul 11, 2010

    Thank you for your comment on my Orpheus story, Gary. Myths are so much fun to play around with.

    ABxx – Jul 11, 2010

    Hello Gary,

    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.

    All best--

    Tia Prouhet – Jul 09, 2010

    I am alive, and you are kind. Thanks for reading, Gary, and always having something nice to say.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 06, 2010

    Thank you for the generous comment on "The Sky is Simply White." I appreciate and value your responses, Gary.

    Jules Archer – Jul 03, 2010

    Thanks for the comment on "Documents Carcasses".
    Much obliged.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 02, 2010

    Thanks, Gary, for your comment on "Magritte." Appreciate it!

    Cherise Wolas – Jun 29, 2010

    I loved the one word comment on Lake Chelan! Thank you for that and the fav.

    ABxx – Jun 22, 2010

    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.

    Michelle Elvy – Jun 22, 2010

    Thank you so very much, Gary, for your comment and * on X. Really appreciate what you say there.

    Juhi Kalra – Jun 21, 2010

    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

    Juhi Kalra – Jun 21, 2010

    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

    Jules Archer – Jun 21, 2010

    And to you as well!


    Jules Archer – Jun 21, 2010

    Much thanks for the reviews on "Passages" & "The Death of Me". Yes, fearless girls are my specialty...or maybe my writing addiction.


    Rick Rofihe – Jun 21, 2010

    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.

    Jack Swenson – Jun 20, 2010

    Thanks. You da Man, reverend.

    Susan Tepper – Jun 20, 2010

    Gary, so many thanks for your reading of my story Deer. Yeah-- bring back Cousin Brucie

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 16, 2010

    "somebody notify Degas"

    Or Duchamp!

    Erica Hoskins Mullenix – Jun 15, 2010

    Thanks for your funny and encouraging comments on my recent stories. You may steal Zelie whenever you get ready.

    Rick Rofihe – Jun 14, 2010

    Gary, Times are Tough!
    Sacrifices Must Be Made!
    $300 for Hair Care will have to do (in "Me You Love") for now....

    M.H. – Jun 05, 2010

    Many, many thanks for your kind words of encouragement on "I don't have a gun" - they are much appreciated :)!

    Kait Mauro – Jun 03, 2010

    'Only connect' what? Sorry, I don't know what you mean. :)

    Bill Yarrow – May 29, 2010

    re: your comment on "Acute Amusement" and playing with mercury as a kid: guess we're both doomed!

    Thaisa Frank – May 29, 2010

    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 this is high praise coming from you. Thanks.....

    Thaisa Frank – May 29, 2010

    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 this is high praise coming from you. Thanks.....

    Thaisa Frank – May 29, 2010

    Hey, Gary--I think you should write Nietzche's Umbrella. I can already see the movie....

    Lore Prior – May 27, 2010

    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!

    Rick Rofihe – May 26, 2010

    Gary, thanks for liking my "Elevator Neighbors" story -- also, I'm really glad to be able to share it on the wonderful Fictionaut.

    Michelle Elvy – May 25, 2010

    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.

    Sara – May 25, 2010

    gary, i love how you read. thanks so much for your thoughtful note on my short.

    Sara – May 25, 2010

    gary, i love how you read. thanks for your thoughtful note on my short.

    Kait Mauro – May 22, 2010

    I like your 'location/occupation' haha.

    Jane Hammons – May 21, 2010

    Thanks, Gary, for reading Kristy's blog and following it to Dreaming in Mink.

    Julie Innis – May 13, 2010

    Gary, you are too kind. Hope all's well in Ohio (my home state, you know).

    Jason McCormick – May 07, 2010

    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!

    Lori Lou Freshwater – May 07, 2010

    Gary, thank you for reading This Girl in That Shirt. Your thoughts are much appreciated.

    Jack Swenson – May 02, 2010

    Thanks, Gary. Glad you liked the story. They used to call Stassen "The Boy Wonder" in Minnesota.

    Robb Todd – May 02, 2010

    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.

    Martha Williams – Apr 28, 2010

    Gary, thank you so much for your kind words on Spill - I'm very flattered. Martha

    Samuel Peralta – Apr 24, 2010

    Gary- Thanks so much for the kind words on “Letter to Neruda”, so appreciated! :) -Sam

    Lori Lou Freshwater – Apr 24, 2010

    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)

    Myra King – Apr 23, 2010

    Had a chuckle over your profile - off now to read some more of your stories.

    Mary Guterson – Apr 22, 2010

    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.

    Foster Trecost – Apr 20, 2010

    Hey Gary, thanks for reading and commenting on A Boy and His Tire. Much appreciated. foster.

    Michelle Elvy – Apr 18, 2010

    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.

    Michelle Elvy – Apr 18, 2010

    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!

    Walter Bjorkman – Apr 16, 2010

    Gary - thanks for the sey hey on Poetipedia. That's at least 1 that got that ref.

    Jack Swenson – Apr 13, 2010

    Big earthquake. It'll shiver your timbers--just like your story.

    Ann Bogle – Mar 22, 2010

    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."

    Sara – Mar 19, 2010

    Gary, thanks so much for reading Girl. I'm thrilled it worked for you. And congrats, again, on your good stuff -- woot, woot!

    David Ackley – Mar 13, 2010

    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...

    Larry Strattner – Mar 13, 2010

    Thanks for Trial Separation comment. Keeps me going.

    David Ackley – Mar 13, 2010

    ...oops> TO my story, that is...

    David Ackley – Mar 13, 2010

    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..

    Beate Sigriddaughter – Mar 10, 2010

    Wanted to let you know that Giacometti is still on my mind days later, even though it's no longer on fictionaut.

    Rebecca Coffey – Mar 03, 2010

    Gary, "One More Thing" is so beautiful. Wonderful.

    Foster Trecost – Mar 02, 2010

    Ciao Gary, tu parli italiano? Thanks for the creative comment on A Life Twice Told - I'm glad you liked it.

    Julie Innis – Mar 01, 2010

    You, sir, are the master of the 'fine story.' I am humbled.

    Emily Sparkles – Feb 11, 2010

    thank you for welcoming me to the site; thank you for confirming me un-ordinary state of being. :)

    Malcolm Something – Feb 10, 2010

    Thank you, Gary, for your thoughts on "A Name That Hurts." It's great to see you on here!

    Meg Pokrass – Feb 09, 2010

    Thank you so much, Gary, for your lovely words about "Water Damage".

    Morgan Harlow – Feb 04, 2010

    the boxing gloves a nice touch, Gary. thanks for the comment!

    David Ackley – Jan 27, 2010

    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.

    Alyson Jane – Jan 27, 2010

    Hi Gary,

    Thanks for the welcome! And yes, I adore Laura. I feel so so so lucky to have found her.


    Sara – Jan 23, 2010

    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.

    Sara – Jan 18, 2010

    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

    Jason McCormick – Jan 12, 2010

    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?

    Nicholas Rombes – Jan 09, 2010

    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."

    Julie Innis – Jan 06, 2010

    "Mulling over" isn't very sexy, but yes, a very sexy group indeed!

    Chelsea Wood – Jan 04, 2010

    Thanks for the warm welcome.

    Jason McCormick – Jan 04, 2010

    I didn't pull it but I marked it private while I mess around under the hood.

    Jason McCormick – Jan 04, 2010

    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.

    Jason McCormick – Dec 29, 2009

    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?

    Finnegan Flawnt – Dec 24, 2009

    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

    Finnegan Flawnt – Dec 20, 2009

    thank you gary, for the comment on the matchbook debate! cheers and have a great holiday, ff

    Mary Szmagaj – Dec 17, 2009

    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.

    Cynthia Reeser – Nov 23, 2009

    Good to see you here too, Gary! And thanks to you, I've now got 6 more books added to my long reading list.

    Kim Conklin – Nov 22, 2009

    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.

    Nicki Pombier Berger – Nov 22, 2009

    Thanks for the welcome, Gary!

    Stephen Michael James – Nov 21, 2009

    Hi 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...

    Jason McCormick – Nov 20, 2009

    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.

    Jason McCormick – Nov 19, 2009

    Hi, Gary. It's nice to know that Fictionaut is philosopher-friendly. I'm definitely going to check out some of your books.

    Susan Gibb – Nov 18, 2009

    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.

    Susan Gibb – Nov 18, 2009

    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?

    Susan Gibb – Nov 18, 2009

    William Gay was a discovery that just blew me away. I'm eagerly awaiting "The Lost Country."

    Alicia Gifford – Oct 31, 2009

    Thanks for reading "At the Bar". I took you up on your invite to post a girl-and-her-dog story in your group!

    Sean Ferrell – Oct 29, 2009

    Many thanks for your kind response to "Siam."

    lorianne – Oct 25, 2009

    thanks for the welcome. i'm a native NYer also, happily on the other coast now... the one with the beautiful weather & people.

    Tia Prouhet – Oct 13, 2009

    Thank you for the kind (and well timed) comments. I'm all a-flutter.

    Jared Hegwood – Sep 29, 2009

    Oh, yes. Another Hegwood. And I would've said the best one of the bunch 'til Elizabeth came along.

    Elizabeth Hegwood – Sep 26, 2009

    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.

    Cami Park – Sep 19, 2009

    Thanks for the welcome, Gary! And thanks for your effing ineffable comment. It's great to see you here.

    Scott Garson – Sep 11, 2009

    a really bad mystery series, i'm thinking:

    Sex in the First

    Murder in the Bottom of the Eighth

    Katrina Gray – Sep 07, 2009

    Thanks for the fave and comment, Gary. Sorry my story stung you, especially if it required ointment. Read at your own risk.

    Wah-Ming Chang – Aug 27, 2009

    Hello, Gary. Please thank your team for publishing me some years ago.


    Tara – Aug 26, 2009

    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! :-)

    Darryl Price – Aug 16, 2009

    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!

    Larry Strattner – Aug 06, 2009

    ps I always "thought" you had to be -

    Larry Strattner – Aug 06, 2009

    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.

    Darryl Price – Aug 05, 2009

    Love the new picture and seeing your books up there! Yes!

    Marcy Dermansky – Aug 03, 2009

    Ooh, Gary, what a beautiful poodle! I feel like I have learned so much about you today. It was a fascinating interview in Pank.

    ABxx – Aug 02, 2009

    Hello Gary,

    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.

    Kind regards,

    Marcy Dermansky – Jul 27, 2009

    Fantastic that you are talking up TWINS at a party. Thanks. Don't worry too much about the poodle, okay?

    Darryl Price – Jul 24, 2009

    I think James Tate is our greatest living poet!

    C.J.F – Jul 23, 2009

    Thanks Gary. Just having a look at some of your poems and I'm impressed.

    Lancillotto Bellini – Jul 21, 2009

    Hello Gary,
    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. )...

    Roxane Gay – Jul 20, 2009

    Hi Gary! Thanks for saying hi. Hello to you too.

    Molly Gaudry – Jul 17, 2009

    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.)

    Teresa Houle – Jul 14, 2009

    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.

    Curtis Smith – May 30, 2009

    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

    Carol Novack – May 23, 2009

    I'm glad my Better Than Court TV episode made you laugh, Gary. It's supposed to. So I succeeded.

    Joe Bardin – May 23, 2009

    "You're most welcome. Pnin is actually my favorite Nabakov. Probably a strange choice, but so damn funny.

    enjoy your weekend.

    Ethel Rohan – Apr 17, 2009

    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.

    Morgan Harlow – Apr 10, 2009

    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"

    ABxx – Apr 04, 2009

    Thank you for the commentary on my story.

    Savannah Schroll Guz – Apr 02, 2009


    Thank you so much for your comment and your good words. I'm really looking forward to reading more of your work!

    Robert Detman – Mar 25, 2009

    Thanks for the brick. Here's one back...not to throw, but to build. Cheers, Robert

    Alan Rossi – Mar 18, 2009

    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.

    Lauren Becker – Mar 16, 2009

    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

    Dennis Hiatt – Mar 15, 2009

    Don’t come see me at work Gary.

    Jon Davies – Mar 11, 2009

    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.

    Rachel Yoder – Mar 10, 2009

    Hi Gary, Thanks for adding me as a contact!

    James Robison – Mar 08, 2009

    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.

    Heather Fowler – Feb 20, 2009

    Hi Gary,

    You're on here, too? :) What a pleasure! xo, H

    Molly Gaudry – Jan 25, 2009

    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
    7:30 p.m.

    Blake Butler
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    S. Craig Renfroe
    Stephanie Kuehnert
    Jason Jordan
    John Domini
    Allison Eir Jenks
    Peter Schwartz
    Ben Tanzer
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    Tiff Holland – Sep 02, 2008

    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.

    Kathy Fish – Sep 01, 2008

    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.

    cheers, Gary

    Martha Conway – Aug 27, 2008

    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!

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