KANADA: a comic Kafkan novel

KANADA is a comic novel filled with darkness, a spiritual cousin to Franz Kafka’s AMERIKA, starring a troubled and stumbling man named “I” — an experimental novel fusing humour and nightmare. This serialized novella is the main attraction at my Patreon. Only a very early version of the first chapter was ever published, and then […]

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Interview with Frank Black

Originally published in Stylus 13. 5 (2002) [Photo by Rosario López] Frank Black is the mastermind behind The Pixies, who paved the way for the alt-rock explosion of the early 1990s, and can count Kurt Cobain and David Bowie among his many fans. At the time of this interview, Black had recently released two new […]

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The Focus Form

One of the most common problems a writer faces — in fact, one of the most common problems most people face — is the question of how to focus. I’ve devised one simple, elegant answer: the Focus Form. The Problem You sit down to write a short story. The next thing you know, you’re on […]

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Reframing Rejection

One of my earliest rejection letters, from age 22. This rejection letter reshaped my entire thought process around rejection and in retrospect was foundational in my career. Let me walk you through how it blew my young mind and made me rethink how I would view rejections forever. Most writers would do well to reframe […]

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Ishmael’s Twitter Feed

My favourite novel (in English) is MOBY-DICK, and I’m thrilled to have discovered Ishmael’s Twitter feed!!! Enjoy. feeling angsty gotta head to the sea again i guess you know how it bees when youse a #sleaze lol hooked up with this weird dude last night his name’s Queequeg he’s got a face tattoo lol just my […]

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Dr. Moreau’s Funding Proposal

I propose to establish an island laboratory, far from civilization. Once there, I will experiment on various animals, using a painful series of surgeries to transform them into human-like creatures. Although genetic manipulation is now in fashion for this sort of work, I prefer vivisection. Science, at its purest, is also an art. In addition, […]

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