Category: Interviews and Essays

  • Some Q’s and Some A’s

    Greetings, Universe! We are two weeks away from my book launch party (Saturday, November 9th, at Orange Studio in downtown Orlando), and it’s exciting to see that people (like, real people!) are indeed talking about the book. To learn a little more about Bright Lights, Medium-Sized City, and the long journey toward publication, check out […]

  • The Reviews Are In…

    I’ll be flying to Chicago tomorrow to say goodbye to a much-loved uncle. I write a great deal about the struggles and difficulties that we face when attempting to be “the right kind of man” in a culture that’s tugging us in a thousand different directions, a thousand different conceptions of manhood, and I should […]

  • When We Say We’re Bored

    I’ve got a new column up at the Huffington Post (it was originally part of UCF Today‘s “Forum” series, and it’s also been re-printed at Context Florida). Follow this link to get to Huff Po, and give me a like/share/comment if you dig the column. Here’s the opening: “When We Say We’re Bored, What Are […]

  • The Drunken Odyssey

    Just prior to my book release party this past Saturday, I sat down with John King, host of the literary/writing life podcast “The Drunken Odyssey.” It’s a fun conversation. We talk about my book American Fraternity Man, and fraternity life in the state of Florida, and hazing, and alcoholism, and road trips, and mixed-media literature, […]

  • Oh, the Horror

    Two quick links for you, this Sunday afternoon in early November. First, my epic essay “The Horror Aisle” is up at Burrow Press Review. It’s an exploration of my lifelong obsession with horror movies, and a walk down memory lane for those of you who remember what it was like to spend thirty or forty […]

  • 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 […]

  • Reading Books While Burping My Baby

    I know that it seems that the majority of my postings lately have been about my baby, or about fatherhood, but you know what? When you have kids, you start to view the world through the lens of parenthood. Impossible to get away from that. I can guarantee I’ll never be one of those people […]

  • Talkin’ ‘Bout Florida

    Hey, speaking of “Florida” and “Orlando” as viable settings for literary fiction… I’ve got an interview/conversation with punk-rockĀ  writer Lavinia Ludlow (author of alt.punk) up at Curbside Splendor. We talk about the differences between “Florida” and “California” fiction, and both of us expound upon the importance of writing about mid-major cities…in Lavinia’s case, that means […]