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Books and Other Writing

Amateurs by Dylan HicksMy second novel, Amateurs, was published in May of 2016 by Coffee House Press. It’s a comic novel, not entirely frivolous, I hope, but perhaps light enough to be enjoyed on beaches or in some other flip-flopped summery setting. It borrows some devices from romantic comedy: there’s a wedding, for instance, and a youngish man of vast independent means, and a fair amount of talking that might be called courtship. For further enticement, see the page sinfully devoted to praise for Amateurs and other work.

The first novel is moodier, less plotted, altogether looser. It’s narrated by a man remembering a disruptive early nineties visit from one of his mother’s former exes, a sort of Mephistophelian outlaw and also-ran musician. The book includes a free download code for its companion album, Dylan Hicks Sings Bolling Greene, which can also be purchased separately as an LP, CD, or download.

I also write freelance journalism, criticism, and essays with some regularity. I feel pretty good about “Autumn Closing In,” a long essay mostly about music and back pain and published in New England Review, Volume 38, Number 1. I’d like to put together a collection of essays, but that’s still quite a ways off. Feel free to encourage me. Regarding the journalism, I sometimes remember to link articles on the Infrequently Updated Blog, but I’m more likely to post them to Facebook and Twitter.