Hi, all, finally adding a profile. It is hard to find a suitable photo, isn't it? God. I should never online date.
Like many of you, I'm trying to figure out a writing life. I finished my MFA at Columbia in 2004 and have spent the last few years gallavanting: I worked on last cycle's presidential election, taught a bit, got a job at a nonprofit and ended up writing/editing for a couple different civic engagement organizations, moved to Thailand for a while, learned to scuba dive, placed a few freelance articles in international newspapers and magazines. I am back in the States now, in San Francisco's beautiful East Bay, trying to put together a book of essays and still pitching like mad to magazines. I am trying to invent the genre of lyrical political journalism.
Some books I love are Nabokov's Lolita, Richard Ford's Independence Day, all of Grace Paley, some of Annie Dillard. The book that's made me laugh the most is Amis' Lucky Jim. The book I wish I'd written is Ryszard Kapuscinski's The Shadow of the Sun.
Oh. I think he already invented lyrical political journalism.