Novels • Short Fiction • Memoir


Bits and pieces that have at one time or another lit a fire under my ass.

Writing Books: The Writer's Portable Mentor, From Where You Dream, The Poetry Reader's Toolkit, Reading Like  A Writer, Nabokov's Lectures on Literature, The Half Known World

Novels: Atlas Shrugged, The Lover, Exit to Eden, Butterfly, The Stoned Apocalypse, Lolita, Freedom, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Wilderness

Memoirs: Oh the Glory of it All, Chronology of Water, On Writing

Essays: Big Red Son, Books in Bed

John Daniel Keynote speech for Write on the Sound. Click here and then scroll down to the link for the speech. It will pop up as a word document.  

William Vollman interview with Kate Braverman

Marilyn Manson


Nothing is sexier than the naked mind -- nothing more seductive than the inventive imagination.
                                                                        --Michael Grosso

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. 
                                                                        --Helen Keller

Feminism was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream. 
                                                                      --Rush Limbaugh

Erotic literarature is literature in which eroticism is the novel. It focuses on that. It also implies a certain degree of description, a certain hard core. And to find novels in which you have plot, character, literary quality, plus detailed and real moving descriptions of fucking is a rarity. 

There is a vibration which takes place in the erotic realm, which translating it into something else, demeans it and destroys it. You need real poetry to talk about that sort of thing. 

                                                                 --Marco Vassi, A Driving Passion

When the sex is persuasively rendered, it tends to read autobiographically, and there are limits to my desire for immersion in a stranger's biochemistry.  
                                                                --Jonathan Franzen, Books in Bed

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to wrtie for the public and have no self.
                                                                 --Cyril Connolly

Our great novelists, though experts on indignity and assault, on loneliness and terror, tend to avoid treating the passionate encounter of a man and a woman, which we expect at the center of a novel. Indeed, they rather shy away from permitting in their fictions the presence of any full-fledged, mature women, giving us instead monsters of virtue or bitchery, symbols of the rejection or fear of sexuality.
                                                                 --Leslie A. Fiedler, Love and Death in the American Novel

We live in a society of victimization, where people are much more comfortable being victimized than actually standing up for themselves.

The burden of originality is one that most people don't want to accept.

                                                                 --Marilyn Manson
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