VANYA, VANYA, FEATHERBRAIN published in Watershed Review

Something new for you to read, something I wrote, is available in the Spring 2015 issue of Watershed Review (CSU, Chico’s literary publication).

Read “Vanya, Vanya, Featherbrain” here

Special thanks to Sarah Pape and the rest of the editorial team at Watershed Review. I look forward to reading the issue in its entirety and sharing the gems I’m confident I’ll find (you know I will).

And hey. You. Let me know what you think. Comments section below. Twitter (@pen_tight). Facebook. I just want to hear from you. I just want to engage. Feels like no one ever does–prove me wrong.

–AM

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WE SHOOT HERE published in Flyleaf Journal

It brings me joy to share my latest (illustrated!) publication with you, “We Shoot Here,” available now from Flyleaf Journal.

At present, .pdf and Kindle versions are available for purchase–I anticipate the print version to come available in the next few weeks. I would be jazzed–DJ Jazzy Jeff–if you checked out the excerpt below, picked up the story (for 99 cents!), and then sent your hate-mail my way.

Read an excerpt here

We Shoot Here cover art by Jenna Hobbs

Cover art by Jenna Hobbs

I’d like to give a special shout to Matthew Jankiewicz and the rest of the staff at Flyleaf Journal–thank you for giving my work such a lovely home. And I would be terribly, terribly remiss if I did not mention Jenna Hobbs, who illustrated this issue–wonderful wonderful wonderful. I’m giddy and fascinated and grateful.

–AM

PS I will post another update once the Kindle and print versions are available, in case anyone is interested in picking up a copy.

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Pejorative Pie: Walker Percy’s “Love in the Ruins”

My feelings about Walker Percy’s Love in the Ruins notwithstanding, here is the latest installment of Pejorative Pie. Percy’s signature mastery of the language makes for some wonderful slander, as you’ll see below. But dammit if I’m not reaching for The Moviegoer the next time I reach for Percy.

KNOTHEAD

a dummy

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Pejorative Pie: Pasternak’s “Doctor Zhivago”

On Wednesday, during the bike ride home from downtown San Diego, I encountered a rather unruly motorist whom I confronted. As his demeanor seemed to indicate, the driver was none too enthusiastic about my appraisals of his driving.

I too was not amused.

With that in mind, here is the second installment of Pejorative Pie. This week, I bring you more raillery from Russian literature. Here’s my favorite accusatory verbal abuse from Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago:

SOCIALIST MEDDLER

to “meddle” is to involve yourself in affairs that don’t concern you–I’ll let you fill in the rest

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