and Other Work
In the Snow Forest: Three Novellas
Three novellas, each story with a different snowstorm. Somehow the idea of using an atmospheric event, such as a blizzard, as a plot element appealed to me. It gets everybody nicely in the room at the same time for dramatic purposes. Nominated for a Pushcart Award. “Menno’s Granddaughter” was turned into a film by the great French film directeur, Claude Miller.
The Loneliest Road in America
I took the creaky old writing saw to heart: Write what you know. My first collection was based in Trinity County, California where I owned a wilderness cabin on an old patented gold mine. The story “Ice the Color of Sky” won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in fiction, which won Janet and me an all-expense paid trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma.
"Last Supper" In Mission at Tenth
A story of mine, “Last Supper,” is in Vol. 7. The story’s based on actual facts, for once—French cycling great Jacques Anquetil—and is from a collection of cycling-related stories called
Bicycle Shorts. Very cool magazine. Reminds me of the old TriQuarterlies when I lived in NYC. Would get them at Brentano's, when bookstores were bookstores.
Beyond the Golden Gate
Not my usual fare. But I did get a green ’53 Chevy 3100 pickup from the deal.
Voyez Comme ils Dansent
Won the 2011 Grand Jury Prize at the Rome International Film Festival, before it had a chance to open in the US. Out on video, for French speakers. I have the only copy with English subtitles. If you’re in Europe, it’s all over the tube on cable. I get crazy royalty checks for it all the time. Made more from that story that I wrote in thirty days than all my other books put together and then squared.
I began this as an adjunct to the book I’m currently writing, My Year of Sleeping Dangerously: A Memoir. Keeping with the theme of the book I was going to call the blog For Insomniacs and Other Wakers of the Night. But I didn’t, operating under the suspicion it will widen past that to include thoughts about music, cycling, dogs, and various random ephemera.