Fight for Your Long Day, the original adjunct novel, won the 2011 IPPY Gold Medal for Best Fiction from the Mid-Atlantic Region. In 2016, it was reprinted as a corrected Classroom Edition by Hard Ball Press, and my second novel, Auggie's Revenge, was released by Beating Windward Press. In 2015, summer e-singles "Frade Killed Ellen" (Dutch Kills Press) and "Turquoise Truck" (Mendicant Bookworks) were published. Please see my author pages at Amazon or Goodreads for more information.
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Zen and the Art of. . .
Because I recently checked out a copy of the 25th anniversary edition, I could pull a Fred Exley and commemorate Robert M. Pirsig's passing as Exley did with Edmund Wilson's writing after Wilson died (see Pages from a Cold Island). Exleymade reading Edmund Wilson a religious experience after his North Country neighbor passed on. Although I appreciated Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I wasn't as completely enamored of it as Exley was of Wilson's work. All the same, it's a death worth noting, and Zen is a great book I may reread this summer. Philly.com has a nice obituary. And here's a Pirsig quotation that the writer Jenny J. Chen found among a selection at Literary Hub:
"Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you are no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an end but a unique event in itself. This leaf has jagged edges. This rock looks loose. From this place the snow is less visible, even though closer. These are things you should notice anyway. To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top. Here’s where things grow."
L.U.S.K. is excited to feature a guest post from Aisha O'Connor-Fratus, writer, editor, parent, and blogger at Hell's Domestic Backside. Enjoy this list of Aisha's ten favorite Russian novels: 1. Anna Karenina
(Lev Tolstoy, 1873 to 1877). Anna is rich and bored. Anna hates the way her
husband chews his food. Count Vronsky—played by Christopher Reeve, so handsome)
sweeps Anna off her feet! But things do not end well for Anna. 2. The Brothers
Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1880). Not about a traveling circus acrobatic
troupe. Its sweeping explorations of God, free agency, and morality are
timeless and haunting. My favorite part is Ivan’s reciting of the poem “The
Grand Inquisitor” in which Christ is resurrected during the Spanish
Inquisition. 3. Crime and
Punishment (Dostoevsky, 1866). Life-long graduate student Rodion
Raskolnikov tries to justify an unspeakably immoral act with eugenics and hey—a
guy needs to eat. 4. Rudin (Ivan
Turgenev, 1856). Dmitry Rudin talks the talk, but…
Iain Levison's Dog Eats Dog was published in October, 2008 by Bitter Lemon Press and his even newer novel How to Rob an Armored Car will be published by Soho Press in October, 2009. Back in '00 or so, L.U.S.K. first discovered Levison's A Working Stiff's Manifesto in hardcover with its original subtitle, "Confessions of a Wage Slave." That memoir established Levison's scalding wit and ability to hold the attention of an ever-tweeting audience. It was later released as a trade paperback with a supercharged second subtitle, and Levison has managed to survive, publish, and publish again. With long-terms roots in Scotland and Philadelphia, Levison currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina where he commits literature and carpentry as much as he can.
USK: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer and when did you first identify as a writer? IL: Writing is the only thing I've ever been any good at. Well, the only legal thing. Early on, I realized t…