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2017-08-25 :: dave

I’ve written 138,000 words this year and none of it is publishable. Not publishable yet, is the point of this post (I think). About 100,000 of that is toward a new book, and the rest are from the essays and the short story I spent this summer writing amid travel. I’ve historically been the kind […]

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Announcements
2017-07-24 :: dave

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Announcements
2016-11-02 :: dave

The long and short of it: I didn’t want to feel more alone. For much of my life I had desires about who I wanted to touch and see naked that nothing in the culture around me supported or made me feel good about. I was gay, in other words, and while I didn’t grow […]

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Announcements + Books
2016-06-25 :: dave

(Not an official name.) Announcing additional dates for my tour, reading from If You Need Me I’ll Be Over There, a collection of stories about everyday people trying their best. If you’re near any of these cities this summer, come on out. I’d love to see you if we’re friends, or meet you if we’re […]

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Announcements
2016-06-03 :: dave

Today my publisher, Indiana University Press, set up a Twitter chat to talk about the new book. I’d never done one before. I found it to be enjoyable and anxiety-producing. For those actually getting work done at 9:30PST on a Friday, and as all my tweets get deleted after 30 days, I figured I’d post […]

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Announcements
2016-05-05 :: dave

My debut fiction collection is out June 1 from Indiana University Press. To sell a few copies and meet good people, I’m going to hit a bunch of bookstores in the Great Plains / Midwest with friends Tyrone Jaeger, author of So Many True Believers and Theodore Wheeler, author of Bad Faith. We’ll be reading […]

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Announcements + Books
2016-03-08 :: dave

Indiana University Press, who’s publishing my debut story collection, has posted an excerpt over at Scribd. It’s the title story—or, rather, the first part of the title story, which is told throughout the book in three parts. They’re all autobiographicalish, this one perhaps the most, in that I did, indeed, finish the Friday New York […]

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Announcements + NF
2015-11-24 :: dave

Wishing a happy pub day to Findings: An Illustrated Collection, which might be the perfect Xmas gift for anyone interested in facts, science, data, or earless rabbits born in Fukushima, Japan. It’s Amazon’s #1 New Release in “Scientific Experiments & Projects”! The last page of every issue of Harper’s is dedicated to the Findings column, […]

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Announcements
2015-02-28 :: dave

The other night my friend Jim Gavin came to talk to my students about his book—the very funny and moving Middle Men I quoted from in the last post. On our way from my office to the classroom, I had to piss. This is what I said to him, out loud: “I have to piss.” […]

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Announcements
2014-12-03 :: dave

ttp://www.davemadden.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/hashtag.jpg”>There are days that I miss it, because I have friends I care about in my life and this for so long was how I kept in touch with them. Plus most of them are funny and write entertaining tweets. I miss those. I don’t miss them as much as I miss them, my friends, […]

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Announcements + NF
2014-11-18 :: dave

I’m from Virginia. The first ever Virginia-based periodical I got published in was the Herndon Observer, where in high school I wrote an op-ed defending us students against something I’ve long since forgotten. My mom clipped it out. She might remember. That was in 1996. Then, nothing…until 2014, when Mary Washington College’s Rappahannock Review (named, […]

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Announcements + NF + Very Good Paragraphs
2014-11-14 :: dave

Why would someone bother memorizing two paragraphs from an old Joan Didion essay? Answers here and here. This is a post to say I’ve done it. Typed from memory, from what I like to think of as the center of Didion’s “Slouching Towards Bethlehem”: Of course the activists—not those whose thinking had become rigid, but […]

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Announcements
2014-11-10 :: dave

But if I were Stephin Merrit, say, I’d write a song about mustaches just so I could rhyme Mayim Bialik with Magnum P.I.-like.

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Announcements
2014-01-30 :: dave

Long-time readers (!) of this blog might recall that back in 2011 I tried to work on memorizing some prose passages. I meant to start with Cheever’s opening paragraph in “The Death of Justina”. Today is the first day I’ve been able to recite it in full from memory. Here, to practice, though you’ll have […]

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Announcements
2013-12-30 :: dave

A service post; maybe Googlers will find it. I had this problem a while back on my late-2010 MacBook Pro. I’d insert a disc and it wouldn’t recognize there was anything to load. None of the fixes I found in online forums did the trick. One day it suddenly fixed itself on its own. Or, […]

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Announcements
2013-08-26 :: dave

If I invite you over to watch the Oscars (or the Super Bowl if you’re a straight guy), I am asking you to share an experience with me. Does that experience consist mostly of inflicting ourselves to advertisements together? Essentially yes. Whether it’s movies we should pay to see or football teams whose identity as […]

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Announcements
2013-07-22 :: dave

We looked at 24 different places in three different cities over five days, and then despite our belongings and homebody interests we took a small one-bedroom in San Francisco. It means we’ll need to keep a lot of our stuff in storage. It means that friends and family visiting won’t be as comfortable as we’d […]

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Announcements
2013-05-20 :: dave

It’s been a bad-news year. It’s been a great newsyear, which usually amounts to a bad-news year. You all know why. As I’ve slacked on the output on this blog of late, I want to do a personal 2013 recap thus far. JANUARY I was in Boston for the MLA conference, interviewing for only one […]

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Announcements
2012-12-28 :: dave

I. B.G. as Bob Cratchit is Scrooged‘s most inspired casting decision. II. Charlie Day is the heir to B.G.’s comic genius.

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Announcements
2012-09-06 :: dave

co-founding editor Jenn Meccariello Layman who showed me this story in Pittsburgh Magazine on The New Yinzer‘s 10-year anniversary celebration. Which means it was just more than 10 years ago that I was working a PR job at an arts center in Pittsburgh and I ran into Jenn one night at a White Stripes concert […]

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