Archive | March, 2012

14 March 2012 0 Comments

Podcast: Crappy Jobs

Before I became a writer, I worked a number of crappy jobs. I hauled cement on my back, gleefully destroyed hospitals, ate meat pies, and watched homoerotic wrestling while draining a deep-fat fryer. And got paid badly for all of them. But without them, I wouldn’t be the writer I am. Download the Podcast: (Download […]

8 March 2012 5 Comments

Blogs love my Mozart book — and Glasgow and Calcutta do too

My latest novel Mozart’s Last Aria has been getting still more excellent reviews on fiction blogs. I’ve noticed that people like the fact that it brings to life Mozart’s times and his music — and that I do this through a relatively unknown female character, the great composer’s supremely talented and often overlooked older sister, […]

1 March 2012 0 Comments

Episodes in the Literary Life 2: Get Me to Fucking Manhattan

(This continues my series of autobiographical vignettes, intended to demonstrate the neuroses, ambition, talent, chance, mischance, place, and alcohol that go toward the creation of a writer. The tales may be instructive or proscriptive. This one, at least, is mainly about the alcohol part.) I quit drinking the day after I turned 27. On my […]