I'm about scotch, Italian food, quiz shows, baseball, drawing, Volkswagens, wine, candlepin bowling, and cardigans, though not in that order.
My stories have appeared or are forthcoming in the Beloit Fiction Journal, fwriction : review, Pure Slush, Washington Square Review, A-Minor, Atticus Review, Cobalt Review, Ayris, Pithead Chapel, and Stymie.
I don't have an MFA.
My all-time favorite series of books is the Rabbit Angstrom tetralogy by John Updike. Other favorite authors include Nicholson Baker, Colson Whitehead, Chloe Aridjis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mavis Gallant, Aleksandar Hemon, Frederick Busch, Renata Adler, Jennifer Egan, Chad Harbach, Henry Miller, Vladimir Nabokov, W. G. Sebald, Richard Price, and Truman Capote. Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, Lionel Trilling and Louis Menand are four of my favorite critic-essayists.
Thank you for reading this bit, Neil!
Neil, it's amazing that you refer to the truth as cruel in my Saturday Morning. It is exactly that, but hope the reader here's the love there, as well. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Means much. HM
Hi, Neil. Thanks for commenting on "Dumb-Waiter." Was trying out a new form and liked where it went. Glad you liked it.
By the way, I inadvertently deleted your comment. I didn't mean to but the delete button got in my way and poof! Ugh!
Neil, thanks for your reading of "Turning Thirty." Yes, you guessed her.
Hi Neil. Thanks so much for taking the time to read Measures. Your suggestions make a lot of sense and I so appreciate them. Best, HM
So great to meet you at KGB Neil! Thanks for driving down and I hope our paths cross again soon! Until then, cyberland it is! Maybe AWP in Boston in 2013? I hope so!
Hi Neil, thanks for reading Cactus, and thanks for the comments, too. fos.
Hi Neil - Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my story! It's much appreciated :)
Much gratitude for your kind words about "Swimming Lessons." Really appreciated--
Thank you so much for your comment on Refill Please. Really appreciate the connection.
thank you so much for your comment on "Summer Gun" Neil!
Neil, thanks for your comment on 'W.P.A.'
Hello Neil - thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on 'Inky and Vague.' Much appreciation. - DJ
Thanks for liking Nathan, Natalie,
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Lettie," Neil.
Neil, thanks for your kind comment on "Mud." I appreciate your taking the time to read it.
Hi Neil. Thanks very much for your notes on my "Human Resources" story. I look forward to reading your work!
Hey, Neil! Thanks for reading and liking "We Put a Smile Back on Your Face." Much appreciated, as are your thoughtful comments.
Thanks so much, Neil, for reading "Clotting" and offering your feedback. I'm glad it was able to strike a chord with you.
Shhh, don't tell anyone about Burn, Baby, Burn. P.S. Thanks for the read and review.
Thanks for the comment on 'The Gaps Within' - much appreciated! Love your profile pic and reason for writing - ace!
All the best,
Neil, thanks for taking time for 'Bukowski'. It's much appreciated, and I'm glad you enjoyed.
Hey Neil, Thanks for reading my telephone story, and thanks for the comment, too - I appreciate both! fos.
Hey Neil! Thank you for popping over to TrainWrite and reading "The Readers in Car 103"!
thank you for your comments on "Sit in Here". I don't have an MFA either. Yay for us! I want to read more of your work and will.
Neil thanks so much for what you said about "Tool", I appreciate!
Neil, thank you for your comment on This Girl. Much appreciated.
Thanx, Neil, for the comments om Cassie Fly. Appreciated.
Neil - really appreciate your comments, still working on this one, we'll see how it goes or ends perhaps!
Thank you so much for your nice words on "The Last Swim" :)! What a cool job you have - I'd love to edit dictionaries!
How right you are, Neil. Cats DO know everything. Thanks for the good words for my story.
Thanks for reading and commenting on "The Bed", Neil.
Thank you, Neil -- really enjoyed Gunplay at Fwriction.
Hey, Neil, thanks for your comment on "Dorothy's Parker House Rolls." Nice to meet you.
Neil, thanks for reading and commenting on "San Pedro de Macoris"! Much appreciated.
Hi Neil, thanks for reading and commenting on Man on the Run - I really appreciate your thoughts. fos.
Hi Neil, thanks for your comments on Snowdick. Glad you enjoyed.
ah, a kindred, twisted spirit who sees the "sparks of humor" Thanks for that comment on The Uninvited Guest!
Hi Neil, thanks for reading Bad Attitude, and for the very kind words. This character's one of those whose stories have been backburnered, survived many rewrites, so it's good to get this segment out there, and great to get feedback like yours. Thanks again.
Thanks so much, Neil, for your comment on "Raw Sugar." Very much appreciated, for this piece especially.
Thank you for your kind words about "Clean." I appreciate them very much...
Hey again. Thanks for the compliment on my story at Blue Five. Glad you could relate...at least in the bowling sense. I too, used to be on a league when I was like 12 but now just enjoy it as I'm drinking a beer. My how times have changed.
Hey Neil. Sorry to get you all hot and bothered at work. But hey, it's Valentine's Day. Anyway...thank you for reading "Liplorn". So appreciate your time!
Neil, Thanks for the kind words about my Valentine's Day story. I appreciate the thumbs up.
Neil, thanks for commenting on Personal Trenches. Much appreciated.
Neil, so glad the tone of The Belt works for you - I appreciate your insights.
Hi Neil, glad you liked Ripe. Thanks for the read and comment. foster.
Neil, thanks for joining me for some cross-border fun in “We Have Eskimo Bars.” Your read and comment are much appreciated.
Neil, thnaks for your comment on "Imperatives." I just finished reading Down Cellar. So much in so few words. So good; You can ruin her Thanksgiveing or Christmas. The ending felt exactly right.
Hi Neil, thanks for reading and commenting on Burger and Fries. I grew up in Louisiana during a time before the dairy industry moved out west, so it was common to see milk trucks traveling from one dairy farm to the next, collecting the milk. Those are the kinds I was referring to. Thanks again for the read! foster.
Thanks for commenting on Halo and sharing the piece of signage. Diners are amazing. Happy you read, Neil.
Many thanks for critiquing "Summer Son". Despite the messy beginning, I am glad the piece worked and appreciate the comments you had to say.
Neil, thanks for reading"If You See Something..." So glad your comment brought me to your work. Just enjoyed "Down Cellar," and am excited to read more.
Thanks for reading "If You Say Something.." So glad your comment brought me to your work. Just finished "Down Cellar," and excited to read more.
Thanks for commenting on/faving "Conqueror"
Thanks for commenting on Ru and Win. I don't know exactly what I'm doing with these "Joad" pieces, but I like writing them.
Thanks to you for the tips...very much obliged. And thanks for the read.
Neil - thanks for the comment on "Carcasses". Made my day!
Neil, thanks for your comments on 'Blue Pinto', and for the fav.
Both are much appreciated.
Thanks for reading Beatnik Blonde and for your comment. It's making the rounds again, so we'll see what happens.
Thanks so much for reading my work, Neil. Happy Green Beer Day!
Thanks for your story comment. I agree with your answer on "why do you write?" I'm looking forward to reading your work.
Old? Who's old? (Just kidding. Glad you liked "Quitting.")
I liked your comments about my story "Victory." Many thanks.
Hi Neil, thanks for your comments on A Life Twice Told - I'm happy you liked it.
linguistic - and that would be Pittsfield,MA
Neil - your comment made my day/month/year. Thank you.
Neil, you set the bar HIGH for wall posts. Sloppy but sincere - I love how you characterize the relationship of readers and writers. Damn nice to be in touch. That's great about U & I...need to re-read that myself. Read it when I wasn't writing much and I think now I'd like it/get out of it even more.
Oh wow what an amazing exercise! I'd have taken that "lead" girl, the one he valiantly quits over. That final image resonates so strongly in my head, about 20 years after first reading it. Feels like it happened to me. I worked as a grocery bagger for years so that story took on even more weight reading it. Curious what you thought about Baker's U & I. I got a kick out of it, even though I hadn't read all of the U books he referenced (still need to). In any event, so nice to be in touch, Neil.
Thanks for your praise for my story "Old Wounds." I appreciate it.
Thanks so much, Neil. So nice to see you enjoyed Pogo the Clown. CONGRATULATIONS on your first SS being published, and in Beloit. Wow, very nice.
Oh yes, the Rabbit series is amazing. I can still remember reading Rabbit, Run. God, the scenes with him and his wife were so vivid, so sad. I always liked his coach Tothero. Updike's ss "A&P" remains one of the most influential things I've read. I was taking a fiction 101 course in college, read that story, and decided to also major in creative writing.
Hi Neil, thanks for reading and commenting on A Very Quiet Evening - I'm glad you liked it.
Neil, thanks so much for digging "Peach." It's really good to hear when a story works for someone (or when it doesn't work, for that matter). I am humbled by all the Fictionaut love!
Hi Neil, thanks for your comment son "Ah'd love to kiss ya" Louis Menand is wonderful...American Studies, Metaphysical Club..yes!
Thanks for the kind words about my series of little stories.
Neil, thanks for your comment on "Blue Cotton Candy." I appreciate it!
Thanks for the fav vote for "Only a Memory Away." Glad you liked the story.
Thanks for your comments on News of the Day and congratulations on the forthcoming story in Beloit.