THE INFLUENCES BEHIND ME

My novel Enigmatic Pilot and the story cycle it’s part of have stirred comparisons with Pynchon, which generally pleases me. But when the book was featured in a course at Seattle University, I was asked some pointed questions by students about who I personally think my river sources are. Here’s how I answered. William Burroughs… More

READING TOUR FOR ENIGMATIC PILOT

My latest novel, ENIGMATIC PILOT comes out on March 22 from Ballantine Books, and I will soon be on tour across America. I look forward to meeting anyone who can make any of these dates. April 8 – San Francisco: Literary Death Match at the Elbow Room in the Mission District, 7PM April 9 –… More

THE EMPTINESS OF VAGINAS

For a complicated range of reasons, a very attractive female friend was recently queried by another female friend in my presence if she wasn’t in fact gay. The simple answer came back, “No, I like cock.” I got to thinking about that remark later and it occurred to me that I never would’ve responded to such a question with, “No, I like pussy.” I would’ve said, “I like women.” More

Monitoring the Situation Closely

Kris Saknussemm There’s something very important to be said for investigating problems as completely as possible before you reach any conclusions. I was reminded of this the other day when an old friend e-mailed in from his latest post in Latvia. Clive was born to be a hotelier—actually born in a hotel, trained in London… More