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New Critics at Large Piece

July 1, 2016

I wrote about Jim Downs’s “Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation” for Critics at Large.

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This month’s Puzzle

June 28, 2016

A return to hink pinks.

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A Few Items

June 18, 2016

Here’s a well-turned and approving article in the Guardian about the new novel. I sighed over the Millennial-baiting headline, which is in quotation marks but, I’m quite sure, isn’t a direct quote. (Almost always editors rather than reporters write headlines and treatments.) During the phone interview and to my instant regret, I did say some incoherent things about generations and changing ideas about “selling out,” but I wasn’t trying to do so in a hand-wringing or superior way, and in any case the headline’s question isn’t one I had in mind while writing the book. (The book’s major characters are introduced at different stages of their lives, but, by most definitions, all of them would be part of Generation X.) As soon as I spoke the word millennial, I tried to talk about millennial activism and now inspiring it is, but it was too late: the keyword had been unleashed. In short, I am old and sometimes cranky, but not precisely in that way. Still, a nice article, and I really enjoyed talking to the Marc about the book and look forward to getting to know his work better. And here the book is endorsed among other Minnesota summer-reading worthies.

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New York Times Dismissal

May 27, 2016

I first saw this largely negative New York Times review a few nights ago and didn’t lose sleep over it. Granted, I took ten milligrams of Zolpidem. A day later, I found myself cooking dinner, listening to the new Chance the Rapper album, and, to my surprise–dancing. As disappointments go, then, really not so bad.

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Bad Paperboy

May 25, 2016

My ignominious career in newspaper delivery.

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May Puzzle

May 23, 2016

This month’s puzzle plays with malapropisms. I hope it won’t be too Perspexing.

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MPR Story

May 19, 2016

Here’s a piece on me and the new book from Minnesota Public Radio.

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Los Angeles Times Review

May 7, 2016

I was excited to see this enthusiastic review of Amateurs in the Los Angeles Times.

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Star Tribune Review

May 7, 2016

A smart review of the new novel in my hometown daily.

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Largehearted Boy: Book Notes

May 7, 2016

Here’s a playlist I put together for Largehearted Boy of songs related in various ways to the new novel.

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