McSweeney’s publishes “Bartleby, the Senator: A Story of Merrick Garland”

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In this little satire I wrote, a reporter interviews Senate majority leader Bartleby, who simply would prefer not to meet with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.





I can’t write poetry, but my wife can

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Please join me in congratulating my wife, whose name is Michelle Y. Burke, on the publication of her first poetry collection, Animal Purpose, winner of Ohio University Press’s Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. Hooray, wife!








West Branch Wired publishes “The Man Whose Face Fell Off”

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 6.04.35 PMThanks to guest editor Christine Schutt for choosing, and introducing, my story “The Man Whose Face Fell Off” for the Spring 2015 issue of West Branch Wired. Check it out!




Time magazine’s website publishes my interview with Phil Klay

Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 12.25.04 PMPlease read my Q&A with National Book Award winner Phil Klay. My favorite part is what he says about Donald Rumsfeld.






My latest attempt at self-justification…


Please read some recent musings of mine, published at the Lookout Books blog under the title “Why I Make Fun of Philosophers.”








Watch the MOODY FELLOW promotional video! It’ll take you 47 sec.








Audio clip of A Moody Fellow…

moodyfellow-thumb3What does Watson sound like? Not the computer—the author. Hear him read the first two pages of his new novel. Go here, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the arrow.










The unthinkable has happened

f-bookI joined Facebook—not as a human being but as an author. Don’t believe it? It’s true.









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Sun., May 21, 2017: Writers Read NYC

I’ll be reading new work, or possibly old work, at the Writers Read NYC event this Sunday at the Slipper Room. Come for the reading, stay for the burlesque show! (The latter does not, to my knowledge, involve any of us writers.)