I'm a writer, teacher, and musician. I've published widely, including an O Henry Prize-winning story, as well as ﬁction in The Atlantic, Redbook, Omni, and numerous literary journals, a poem in The New Yorker, and a front-page essay in the New York Times Book Review. Back in the day I worked for The New Yorker magazine, as well as teaching at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. For the last years of the writer Bernard Malamud's life, I was his assistant in New York City; I've always considered this a signiﬁcant part of my literary apprenticeship.
Recent novels include The Sting Rays, Pink Cadillac (chosen as a Book Sense pick in 2002), Cutting Time: a Novel of the Blues, Soul Cavalcade, and Meet the Annas. An excerpt from Pink Cadillac appeared in The Best in Rock Fiction (Hal Leonard, 2005). Another musical story, Bo Diddley, is in the anthology The Best Underground Fiction (Stolen Time Publishing, 2006).
For the past 24 years I've taught fiction writing at The New School in New York City, which I continue to do. I also taught the first on-line fiction writing class through their innovative DIAL program and set the model for classes that followed. As a musician, I'm the founder of the musical group Thin Wild Mercury (www.thinwildmercury.com), as well as its guitar player and principle songwriter. We're on a bit of a hiatus now, but in the past we've played often around New York City.
Oh, yes, I'm married to a set designer/ﬁlm art director and I live in New York City.
Surf Music Rules
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