The Washington Post – Review of The Blow-off by Jim Knipfel

This book is an absolute blast, particularly if you’re into gritty, satirical comic-thrillers. Check out my review, here.

I worked for Wayne Barrett at The Village Voice for a short while in grad school, and I couldn’t help but hear his voice whenever the protagonist, Henry Kalabander, spoke.

Author Jim Knipfel is quite a character as well.  Check out this 2007 interview with Knipfel on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate show.


Washingtonian – Toni Morrison at the Hay-Adams

I had the chance to cover a luncheon thrown by the Hay-Adams Author Series on Friday afternoon in honor of Toni Morrison’s receipt of the National Book Festival Award for Creative Acheivement. I’ve only read “Beloved,” but it’s a favorite of mine, and it was a treat to see her – she’s got a razor-sharp sense of humor.  Marie Arana, who led a Q&A with Morrison, was also brilliant.

See my piece for Washingtonian here.

The New Yorker – The Book Bench: The Smells of New York

Here’s another short piece I wrote for The New Yorker’s Book Bench about Amber C. Jones’s forthcoming “New York, Phew York,” a scratch-n’-sniff children’s book featuring the good, bad, and ugly smells of the city.

I mostly talked to Jones about the way she’s getting that New York smell onto the page, but it was also cool to hear about how she’s self-publishing with funding via Kickstarter.

(p.s. That image is a screen shot from The New Yorker’s homepage, where my story was featured front and center for like 12 hours.  Coolest thing ever.)