"Why should there only be literary scholarship about authors who actually lived, and texts which exist? Where are the articles on Enoch Campion, Linus Withold, Zelda Calhoun, Redondo Panza, Darshan Singh, or Heidi B. Morton? That none of these are real authors should be no impediment to interpreting their invented writings. In the first collection of its kind, The Anthology of Babel publishes academic articles by scholars on authors, books, and movements that are completely invented. Blurring the lines between scholarship and creative writing, The Anthology of Babel inaugurates a completely new literary genre perfectly attuned to the era we live in, a project evocative of Jorge-Louis Borges, Umberto Eco, and Italo Calvino."
Look for this amazing anthology (and my essay/story in it) forthcoming Summer 2018 from Punctum Books. Linus Withold (mentioned above) is my boy.
I was honored to be a finalist for the 2017 Connecticut Book Awards, and to attend the ceremony at the Mark Twain House. It was great to meet the other authors and the hard working judges from Connecticut Humanities.
Shadows of Paris is a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award! I am up against some real competition, though, including best-selling author Wally Lamb. So, fingers crossed for the award ceremony on October 22.
Just drank a bottle of Priam Vineyard's rose, and recalled this local television show Amy and I did when we were promoting our book A History of Connecticut Wine. It's great to know that the state's wine industry is booming, and that we had some small part in promoting and recording its rise.
Amy and I have a new article in the summer issue of Edible Nutmeg, focusing on the incredible connections our state has to the history of modern chickens. And a nice recipe for grilled Cornish game hens.
Check out my latest essay at Berfrois, an analysis of the existentialist dilemma that has sucked the air out of Macbeth criticism for the last century, and how Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood may offer a little oxygen.
Real Stories on youtube has acquired the BBC4 Tom Thumb documentary that I was part of, and in some ways shaped with my book Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity. It includes me saying the word "erotic" on network television, so that's something. Seriously, though, it is a fine documentary about one of Connecticut's favorite sons...and the world's first international celebrity.
I have another review up at Empty Mirror Books, of Eugen Herrigel's Zen and the Art of Archery. And I have another article up at Berfrois, on Sherlock Holmes, demon hounds, and the need for evidence-based scientific review. That's 14 articles I've written since December (a few of which have not come out yet). I'm working on another dozen, along with a new novel, and a new history book.