Sunday, January 26, 2014

Welcome To The Future!

Here we are in 2014.
So far, already the best year I’ve had so far in terms of things happening. Not too much longer and I’ll have some academic publishing news for you guys, which is exciting. It’s been a long time coming.
In the last 4 weeks of 2013, there were several paperback sales of both Stealing Ganymede and Silencing Orpheus, and that makes me very happy. I still wish I could get the numbers of e-book sales, though, which I suspect are much higher. But if not being able to get my e-book sales numbers is the biggest problem I have right now, things are very good.
Bret Easton Ellis, whom you may know is a literary/intellectual hero of mine, has a podcast, now. It is every bit as magnificent as I had hoped it would be. His conversation with director/writer/podcasting godfather to us all, Kevin Smith, was a particular highlight. If you like podcasts (and I hope you do—they’re amazing), put this one on your list—VERY worth your time.
As I’ve said in the past, one of my major projects is to go back to the books that most people read as teens and twenty-somethings. Remember that I skipped those and (at least in my memory) went straight from Katy and the Big Snow to David Brin’s Startide Rising. Part of that reclamation project, if you want to call it that, is revisiting the foundational novels of LGBTQ authors. A while back I read Hubert Selby Jr.’s Last Exit to Brooklyn, but I admit that I read it too quickly, so I’ve taken down my review and am going to re-read it. Right now, I’m just finishing up John Rechy’s City of Night

I’ll save my gushing for the Goodreads review I’ve already started in my head, but F U C K. It has been a very, V E R Y long time since a novel has hit me this hard. The prose is beautiful in that perfectly haunting way that is my favorite flavor. The book is the perfect halfway point between the beats and Bret Easton Ellis. If you like my writing at all, then get Rechy’s City of Night. You’ll thank yourself. Other upcoming reviews you can look forward to if you keep up with my Goodreads feed are such books as Watership Down, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Bell Jar, etc. I know what you’re thinking—how on earth did you ever get out of high school without reading those novels? I know. Hey, though: at least I’m getting to them now.
I’ve said it a million times before, but it gets more true every day: I feel like I am just now ready to start a PhD program. Who knows, maybe I’ll be one of those guys who goes back for more degrees after I retire.
Wouldn’t that be a laugh.

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