Everything I Ever Needed to Know about Writing, I Learned from Vonnegut’s Asshole

By |April 17th, 2007|

When I was thirteen, my family moved to the south suburbs of Chicago. It was a grim place, the kind of town where culture and happiness go to die. […]

Authors & Their Assholes: Sandra Tsing Loh

By |April 18th, 2007|

Sandra Tsing Loh is a frequent contributor to The Atlantic, a regular commentator on NPR’s This American Life, and the author of many books, including the semi-autobiographical A Year in Van Nuys. […]

Authors & Their Assholes: Charlie Anders

By |April 19th, 2007|

The third asshole in this collection was created by Charlie Anders, the author of “Choir Boy” (Soft Skull Press 2005), the publisher of Other Magazine, and a frequent contributor to such literary rags as ZYZZYVA, Pindeldyboz, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. […]

Authors & Their Assholes: Brad Listi

By |April 20th, 2007|

Brad Listi is the bestselling author of Attention. Deficit. Disorder. (Simon & Schuster, 2006) and the founder of The Nervous Breakdown, a daily webzine featuring nonfiction essays and stories contributed from a regular cartel of authors. […]

Authors & Their Assholes: Daphne Gottlieb

By |April 21st, 2007|

Daphne Gottlieb is a San Francisco performance poet and the only legitimate evidence that cloning may be a good idea. […]

Authors & Their Assholes: Elizabeth Crane

By |April 22nd, 2007|

Elizabeth Crane is the author of two critically-acclaimed collections of short stories, When the Messenger Is Hot and All This Heavenly Glory, both published by Little Brown. She’s also a regular contributor to Writer’s Block Party on WBEZ Chicago, and a columnist for Punk Planet magazine. Her third collection of stories, You Must Be This Happy to Enter, will be released by Punk Planet Books in Fall 2007. […]

Authors & Their Assholes: Sean Williams

By |April 23rd, 2007|

Sean Williams is a science-fiction author – a New York Times best-selling science-fiction author, no less – who makes even non-genre writers look like hack amateurs. […]

Authors & Their Assholes: Amy Guth

By |April 24th, 2007|

I’ve known Amy Guth for a long time. When I lived in Chicago, we used to hang out in bars and drink Hamm’s and talk about writing and books. We even had a sidekick, a plush pig doll we named Equinox, the Patron Saint of Sloppy Prose. His catch phrase – and this is such an inside joke that it can’t possibly be explained here – was “riff-riff-riff.” […]

Authors & Their Assholes: Kimberlee Auerbach

By |April 25th, 2007|

Some writers tend to be shy curmudgeons, but not Kimberlee Auerbach. She actually enjoys sharing her stories in front of a live audience. She’s competed in several Moth GrandSLAM Championships, and performed her one-woman show, Tarot Reading: Love, Sex and Mommy, at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival. […]

Authors & Their Assholes: Jen Burke

By |April 26th, 2007|

Jen Burke regularly writes about sex and gender on her website and just about everything else on her blog. Her first book, A Life Less Convenient: Letters to My Ex (Merge Press, 2006), is a brilliant account of chronic illness and ex-lovers. I can’t begin to do it justice, so I won’t even try. […]

Authors & Their Assholes: Paul Fieg

By |April 27th, 2007|

If you were an obsessive fan of Freaks and Geeks, the short-lived NBC series set in a Michigan high school during the early 80s, then you already know the name Paul Fieg. […]

Authors & Their Assholes: Carlton Mellick III

By |April 28th, 2007|

What can you say about a writer like Carlton Mellick III? He’s published at least 18 novels and novellas, with strangely compelling names like Satan Burger (Eraserhead Press, 2001), Razor Wire Pubic Hair (Eraserhead Press, 2003), and most recently, The Haunted Vagina (Eraserhead Press, 2006). […]

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