Category: Books – Small-Press/ Indie

  • 15 Views of Tampa

    Over the past year and a half, I’ve made a lot of postings about our 15 Views of Orlando project (published at The Burrow Press Review, and collected into a print collection from Burrow Press). Well, there’s further good news about the collection: we’ve started franchising! Well, that sounds maybe too-corporate and too-McDonald’s. But we’ve […]

  • Book Reviews/ Reviewer Reviews

    So…I’ve been writing reviews and critiques for a long time now. Back in 2005 or 2006, I started an account on Shelfari, and wrote a short review of every book that I read. Hundreds of short reviews, most of them trying to look at the book from a writer’s perspective: what could I gain from […]

  • How to Write Orlando

    The second part of my interview/ conversation with author Lavinia Ludlow is now up at Curbside Splendor Publishing. Amongst other things, we discuss how the Florida humidity affects characterization, and how the tourism industry impacts Orlandoans on a daily basis. What’s it like to grow up in the shadow of the mouse, and to have […]

  • 15 Views of Orlando – RELEASE PARTY!!!

    The above subject heading uses three total exclamation points, which–in the words of my old mentor Jeanne Leiby–is the lifetime total allowed to a writer. And man, I used them all at once. But the subject certainly calls for some exclamation points. If you didn’t know (i.e. you don’t ever talk to me, or you […]

  • Daddy’s – Lindsay Hunter

    I’ve meant to write about Lindsay Hunter’s Daddy‘s for awhile, and for a lot of different reasons. First and foremost, of course, I went to grad school with Lindsay (for about a year, I think) and I was excited to see that–after she relocated from Orlando to Chicago–she’d made a name for herself with a […]

  • Fragmentation, and Burrow Press

    Full disclosure: I’ve long wanted a small-press publisher here in the city of Orlando. We’re an international destination city, a major hub for tourists and convention attendees and even for travelers throughout the state. We’ve got a world-class airport, world-class restaurants, world-class theme parks, world-class hotels, a world-class university, but here’s the problem: it’s all […]

  • Couch – Benjamin Parzybok

    “Couch” is a bizarre little novel, the story of three young men (“slackers,” as the blurbs tell us) who become attached to a couch, then become commanded or compelled to undertake a “Lord of the Rings”-style journey whose mission is to return this couch (an ancient and magical artifact, we learn) to its rightful place, […]

  • Refresh, Refresh

    I remember reading a couple stories from Benjamin Percy in Esquire awhile back, and each of them was haunting, the type of short story that stayed with you long after you finished reading. For my money, at least, that’s the sort of story that I love: the kind that is not easily dismissed, that kind […]

  • Pre-Post-Racial?

    Adam Mansbach’s “Angry Black White Boy” has been billed as “the first great race novel of the twenty-first century,” and maybe it is. In fact, this novel–the story of a privileged white kid named Macon Detornay, who becomes disgusted with his own white heritage and decides to brand himself a “race traitor” and advocate for […]

  • Bad Habits: A Love Story

    Cristy Road’s “Bad Habits: A Love Story” is truly a unique novel, a punk rock hybrid combining traditional text and illustrated comic panels. It’s quite an experience, overall, with a distinctive tone established by this strange and disturbing juxtaposition of clean prose and (sometimes) outright disgusting visuals. I’ll be honest. I’ve wanted to see a […]