Books and Other Writing
My 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’m not currently working on a novel or any other book-length manuscript, but I’d like to return to that at some point. For now I’m concentrating more on songwriting and music, and I still do some freelance editorial work.
I also write freelance journalism, criticism, and essays with some regularity, though less regularity than before. For a while I was posting music criticism and related stuff to a website called NR MINT, but I kind of dropped the ball on that. I felt 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 might not be too realistic. Feel free to encourage me.