On Amazon

One of the coolest moments of freshman authorhood is when you first see <a href=”http://www.amazon.com/Pop-Apocalypse-Possible-Satire-P-S/dp/0061715379/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=122375866 read more Continue reading On Amazon

Negligence to Come

I’ll probably become a negligent blogger over the next ten-twelve weeks. I’ve just started teaching a course for Stanford’s Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) called “Wipe That Smirk off Your Face: The Politics and Rhetoric of Irony.”  Not to mention that I’m on the academic job market.  Or that I’m occasionally even making a … Continue reading Negligence to Come


I’ve been mulling over the reported suicide of David Foster Wallace.  The news hit me harder than I would have thought possible.  His writing has always been hugely important to me, and Infinite Jest is central to the whole conception of my dissertation.  I only began to think of irony as something that had a … Continue reading DFW, RIP

Pop Apocalypse Covers

I received two mockup covers for Pop Apocalypse earlier today.  Neither is perfect, and neither quite matches my original vision of how I wanted the cover to look, but it’s tremendously exciting to see these proposals, and both covers have potential.  I’m going to work with my editor to revise these drafts.  When we settle … Continue reading Pop Apocalypse Covers

Post-Postmodern Paper People

I finished Salvador Plascencia’s fascinating first novel, The People of Paper, last night and have been carrying it around in my head all day. It is almost too much of a cliche to say, but this is a very very McSweeney’s novel:  typographically innovative, vaguely and sometimes not-so-vaguely magical realist, ironic yet also filled with … Continue reading Post-Postmodern Paper People