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  • "I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was ten years old, but I have never felt like I quite fit in regarding the “real-world” society." Let's talk Lifeforce by Annie Rodriguez. Reviews, interviews, think pieces and hype would be nice as well.

    As the universe inexplicably continues to chug along despite, or is it in spite, of the current state of the world, I'm really honored to support efforts to bring Lifeforce by Annie Rodriguez out into the wider world. To quote her interview at Fanbase Press:

    BD: What inspired you to tell this sci-fi/fantasy story?

    AR: I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was ten years old, but I have never felt like I quite fit in regarding the “real-world” society. Also, the fields that I work in, anthropology, public health, and, in the near future, law, give me all the real-life experience I could want. I chose to write fantasy as a means to daydream and escape from reality a little bit. But I also wanted people to know that life is not always greener on the other side.  No matter if you think someone has an advantage, magical powers for example, does not mean that person does not have problems. Life happens to everyone, and we need to recognize that.

    I couldn't agree more. Further, I don't think this book could be more timely.

    Please let me know if you have any questions and/or are interested in reviewing the book, interviewing the author, writing think pieces or generally engaging in the hype we're looking to generate for this most timely of books. For much more on all things Lifeforce please do go here.

  • These Things I Loved in 2018 Will Change Your Life. As terribly belated and much re-branded as they are.

    I always think I will have some new kind of introduction to this post and in a way, how can I, the year is the year it is, and was, and so in an otherwise really not terribly great year in so many ways, as opposed to a merely not terribly great year in so many ways, such as last year, and for so many people at that, there was still good, because there is always good, and there were books, and television, music, podcasts, art and movies. Though not enough, never enough, of any of it. But we do what we can, I and I did what I could do, and here we are, ignoring so much of the year, if only for a moment, to look back, and share what there is, and what there was, with you, now, totally, and yes belatedly, work, travel, family, I'm happy to blame all of it for that.

    Well that, and my decision to move this post from this This Blog Will Change Your Life to this site, it means something, I'm working through it, change, whatever, inevitable, and necessary, and all that. Anyway, more soon, and on to it, now thank you.

    Cultural criticism and memoirs that read like personal essays and personal essay collections that read like memoir and cultural criticism. That sing. And explore sickness, art, nostalgia, pop culture, social issues, the present, past and future, and everything in between.

    They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us/Hanif Abdurraqib, A Woman Is a Woman Until She Is a Mother/Anna Prushinskaya, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life/William Finnegan, The First Collection Of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic/Jessica Hopper, Defying The Verdict/Charita Cole Brown.

    Kick-ass short story collections by kick ass writers who, you know, kick ass.

    Perfect Conditions/Vanessa Blakeslee, Scoundrels Among Us/Darrin Doyle, An Off-White Christmas/Donald G. Evans

    And the kick-ass short story collection that I could not wait to get my hands on most because it was by Pete Anderson, and well, you know, it's the Pete Anderson.

    Where The Marshland Came to Flower

    Not to mention absolutely kick-ass books that I was honored to promote and strategize around, which most definitely changed my life, many of which, but not all of which were releases by the quite wonderful, awesome to partner with, and future forward Green Writers Press

    Aesop Lake/Sarah Ward, The Full Vermonty/Bill Mares & Jeff Danziger, Chinese Gucci/Hosho McCreesh, Coming of Age/Madeleine Kunin, Darling Girl/Terry Hiner, Finding God/Christine Eberle, A Bouquet of Daisies/Megan Alice, Dirty Rubles/Greg Olear, Crosshairs/Matt Fitzpatrick

    Novels too. Substantive. And wonderful. By substantive and wonderful writers.

    The Place You're Supposed To Laugh/Jenn Stroud Rossmann

    Well, okay, that was one substantive and wonderful novel by a substantive and wonderful writer, because the other one I read deserves its own thing, because you know, Leesa Cross-Smith.

    Whiskey & Ribbons

    And poetry. Never enough, really not, and so much more next year, promise, but still really fucking good this year.

    the slaughterhouse poems/dave newman and May I Have This Dance?/Mathieu Cailler

    The movies I was happy I got to see during a year where I did even better than last year, though still didn't see enough to satisfy my movie Jones.

    Private Life, The Wife, Widows, Green Book, You Were Never Really Here, Vice, Crazy Rich Asians

    Movies I was happy I got to see because my children said it must be so, but also because Netflix definitely wanted us to.

    The Set-Up and To All The Boys I've Loved Before

    Movies I am happy I got to see because my older child wanted me to and since he's now older and has much better taste. And because we both now love Zoe Deutch.


    Movies I am quite happy I got to see because my older child wanted me to, but I watched without him. And cried at the end.

    A Star is Born

    Superhero movies decent.

    Ant Man & Wasp and Avengers: Infinity War

    Superhero movies awesome. And unprecedented really.

    Black Panther

    Sequels and reboots that were fine enough, but not quite fine enough. Okay, maybe there was only one, and maybe I'm suddenly really old? Fuck.

    Mission: Impossible - 6

    Coen Brothers movies that felt like misfires (no pun intended, they would hate that).

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The only documentaries I watched, and which jammed, but which is far from enough, and so lame I am.

    Won't You Be My Neighbor? and Minding the Gap

    Documentaries that I am sure jammed and must see post-haste.

    RGB and Free Solo

    The best crafted movies of the year that weren't quite my favorite movie of the year.

    Leave No Trace, Eighth Grade, Roma, The Tale, Sorry to Bother You 

    And a well-crafted movie that just might be my favorite movie of the year.


    Movies I still hope to see.

    The Favourite, If Beale Street Could Talk, Beautiful Boy, First Reformed, First Man, BlacKKKlansman, The Rider

    New music which I yet again listened to not much of this year, but I still listened to these.

    Okay, not true, I'm really not sure what to do in this post-CD universe, or how to listen, or even how to talk about what I liked this year, but maybe I'll figure it out in 2019. Maybe.

    Music I got to listen to live, which was not enough, and I always somehow fall way short on year after year.

    Jeff Tweedy, Courtney Barnett, Ike Reilly

    (But no The Hold Steady, which was at least partially due to a street fair becoming so overwhelmed with guests they closed the gates, which cost me the chance to see a show of theirs, plus The Drive-By Truckers, all true, sad and yes, first world problems)

    Television shows I kept on watching, or finshed watching, that were actually, mostly, usually good, and got in the way of reading, thinking, getting work done and sometimes sleeping, but ultimately made us very happy.

    Orange is the New Black, Orphan Black, The Affair, Stranger Things, Jessica Jones, Silicon Valley, Mr. Robot, GLOW, The Handmaid's Tale, Westworld, American Vandal, Crashing, Santa Clarita Diet, Bojack Horseman, Search Party, Luke Cage, Baskets, Broadchurch, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Atlanta, Ozark, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Television shows I continue to lovingly re-consume, again, and again, summer after summer, because my children say it must be so, and annually at that.

    Freaks and Geeks

    (Though do note, that Netflix has dropped Freaks and Geeks from its line-up and we are scared and confused heading into 2019, again, first world problems, I know)

    Television shows I lovingly consumed, or continued to consume, because my younger son said it must be so.

    Black-ish, American Housewife, The Goldbergs

    One new show the younger and older son added to the family mix.

    Single Parents

    And a show made possible by Netflix and children, that was not so bad and really kind of addictive.

    All Night

    Also, shows I tried to catch-up on and mostly did and really liked.

    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, She's Gotta Have It, Dear White People, Bigmouth, F is for Family, The Crown

    Theater, too little, and way too far between.

    The Buddy Holly Story, Beautiful, We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time, Blue Man Group (redux)

    Art exhibits, also definitely way too little, though more than last year, and in more cities. Also, what I did see, did indeed leave me joyous.

    Charles White: A Retrospective & Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts/MoMA NYC, René Magritte: The Fifth Season/SFMoMA, Hairy Who?/Art Institute Chicago, Keith Haring: The Chicago Mural/The Chicago Cultural Center

    Television shows I continued to that no one else seems to watch.

    You're The Worst, Casual, Love

    The television show that is all of the above, and will be terribly missed.

    The Americans

    Some absolutely new shows I dug.

    Succession, Barry, The End of The Fucking World

    (There seems like their must be even more, but I don't recall them)

    And the show and podcast I didn't think I wanted to watch, or listen to, but enjoyed, both, a lot.


    Podcasts I still listen to again and again, if sometimes inconsistently at that.

    WTF with Marc Maron, Other People, The Slate Culture Gabfest, Heavyweight

    And one-off podcasts, for now, apparently, that just mostly killed.

    Steve McNair: Fall of a Titan and Making Obama

    Books I just didn't quite read, or finish, by year's end. But I will. Soon. Promise.

    Walk in the Fire/Steph Post, Funhouse/Robert Vaughan, Coyote Songs/Gabino Iglesias, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel/Alexander Chee, White Girls/Hilton Als, For Other Ghosts/Donald Quist, Slow Days, Fast Company - The World, The Flesh, And L.A./Eve Babitz

    Most finally, there are many people to thank for making this a good year or just rule in general) in spite of all that has been going on and feels like still will be. And I am most definitely overlooking some, a lot maybe, and I apologize for that, but there you go.

    Matt Rowan, Jacob S. Knabb, Dave Housley, Jason Behrends, Anna March, Victor David Giron, Jason Pettus, Moeses Soulright, Ryan W. Bradley, Steve Lafler, Lavinia Ludlow, Rob Funderburk, Greg Olear, John Barrios, Joseph G. Peterson, Michael Seidlinger, Gabino Iglesias, Adam Lawrence, Dave McNamara, Mike Smolarek, Beth Gilstrap, Duncan MacKenzie, Andrew Keating, Matty Byloos, Brad Listi, Michael Czyzniejewski, Ken Wohlrob, Myles and Noah Tanzer, Leza Cantoral, David Masciotra, Clayton Smith, Bryanna Tartt, Mel Bosworth, Paul Cohen, Todd Summar, Eric Vaubel, Megan Stielstra, Hosho McCreesh, W. Todd Kaneko, Jim Warner, Mathieu Cailler, David S. Atkinson, Debbie Pritzker, BL Pawelek, James Yates, Kristin Fouquet, Citizen Lit, Clayton Smith, Seth Berg, Maggie Manoyan, Amber Sparks, Mike McClelland, Lori Jakiela, Robert Vaughan, Michael Gillan Maxwell, Meg Tuite, Robert Duffer, Brian Alan Ellis, Jen Epstein, Keir Graff, Emma Irving, Joanna Topor MacKenzie, Jeff Linkenback, Anthony Michael Morena, Brad Wolff, Bob Hartley, Joanna Shroeder, Johnny Misfit, Jennifer Parker, The Book Cellar, Gretchen Kalwinski, Michael Paige Glover, Jennifer Banash, City Lit Books, Marilyn Atlas, Matt Fitzpatrick, Art Edwards, Judith Tanzer, Kimberly Ann Southwick, Erika T. Wurth, Leesa Cross-Smith, Brian Gresko, Garret Schuelke, Shaindel Beers, Chris L. Terry, Kara Vernor, Adam Tanzer, Patricia Ann McNair, Sean Beaudoin, Sean H. Doyle, John Reed, Jerry Brennan, Serena Makofsky, Callie Nelson, Lauren Becker, Marisa Siegel, Robert James Russell, Brian Gresko, Lori Hettler, Christian Winn, Charita Cole Brown, Spencer Dew, Glen Binger, Carlos "Dzine" Rolon, Steve Karas, Aubrey Cox, Sarina Prabasi, Barry Graham, Bud Smith, Jennifer Steele, Wendy C. Ortiz, Dave Newman, Steve Eisner, Donald Quist, Christine Rice, D. Foy, Ben Drevlow, JH Palmer, Cari Luna, Elaine Soloway, Dede Cummings, Steve Luna, Rachel Slotnick, Behn Reza, The Mooney's, Cyn Vargas, Allison Joseph, Keith Lesmeister, Sara Lippmann, Mikaela Shea Fowler, Bud Smith, Ariel Rudolph, Giano Cromley, Zoe Zolbrod, Kali VanBaale, Tom Williams, Jennifer Pastiloff, Joshua Mohr, Amy Danzer, Patrick Wensink, Sarah Ward, Nicholas Barron, Alice Kaltman, Paul Cohen, Susan Messing, James Hornor, Rick Kogan, Amy Guth, Jeff Pfaller, Shaindel Beers, Christine Eberle, Volumes Bookcafe, Leland Cheuk, Rebecca George, Robert James Russell, Donald G. Evans, Davis Schneiderman, Ray Charbonneau, Sam Slaughter, Gina Frangello, Steph Post, Rachel Hyman, Nick Ostdick, John Tribble, Len Kuntz, Pete Anderson, Terry Hiner, Pam Hoadley, the Tomaloff's, Paula Bomer, Brandon Will, Melissa Faliveno, J. Bradley, Jason Fisk, Gint Aras, Yogi Roth, Eric Spitznagle, Beth Gilstrap, Ryan Ridge, Lisa Fay Coutley, Jeffrey Pfaller, Dane Bahr, Lee L. Krecklow, Keidra Chaney, Rob Funderburk, Christopher Bowen, Liz Mason, Chris Tarry, Leah Angstman, David Olimpio, Jessica Kashiwabara, Micah Philbrook

  • “The cancer will do what the cancer will do.” Finding God in Ordinary Time by Christine Eberle is excerpt at the Spiritual Directors International blog.

    Pretty excited about this I am. And you will be too when you read both this excerpt, which appears here on the Spiritual Directors International blog, as well as the quite lovely Finding God in Ordinary Time itself. So, please do take a look and do feel free to enjoy some excerpt of said excerpt below.

    "She told me her medical story in brief, and it was as sad a tale as one would expect to hear on that floor. A mother of young children, she had been losing her battle with an aggressive cancer and now was pursuing a radical experimental treatment.

    "Then she told me her faith story. A tepid cradle Catholic, Rosemarie had been invited by a neighbor to her parish’s charismatic prayer group when she got sick. She went, at first, because she was willing to try anything; it was the spiritual equivalent of her clinical trial. Yet over time, her experience of direct encounter with God in prayer was profoundly life-changing. It grounded her in something deeper and more eternal than whatever was happening on the oncology ward.

    “The cancer will do what the cancer will do,” Rosemarie announced. “But what has happened in my relationship with God, I would not trade for anything.”

  • Sarah Ward and Aesop Lake are Book Bites.

    And big thanks to the splendiferous Steph Post for that. You can read the Book Bites interview in its entirety here and some excerpt below. Enjoy. Order. Hype. Thank you.

    What drew you to the genre you write in?

    Ever since I was barely an adolescent myself I wanted to write for young adults. This age group is always relevant, carving new paths into the way our culture thinks and behaves, and yet there is something so familiar to their experience that we can relate to the pain, and the sweetness, of moving from childhood into adulthood. As a parent of two young adults, and a youth group leader at a Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, I have spent a lot of time talking with teens and early twenty-somethings. They are brimming with energy, passion and discovery. When I worked as a clinical social worker, my favorite clients were young adults, because they always came in with such bravado, but when treated with respect and kindness they opened up very quickly. I find that writing for them is just as satisfying. I believe that we shouldn’t “write down” to what we think is safe; we should challenge young adults with difficult topics and real-life situations. I also find that adults enjoy YA as much as the youth, as we have all been there, and can relate on so many levels. 

  • On yet another God-awful and hate filled day it's truly an honor to be associated with the quite wonderful debut novel Aesop Lake. That it would receive such a glowing review is no surprise for those of us who love it.

    Did I mention that the review is from Kirkus? Well it is, and you can read the review in its glorious entirety here. You can also read some excerpt below. Cool? Enjoy.

    "Emphasizing that there’s no shame in recovering at your own pace but no refuge from responsibility either, three illustrated Aesop fables punctuate the well-paced novel, reinforcing the messages imparted... The reprehensibility of not being an ally is communicated without proselytizing, and a discussion guide serves as a conversation starter for this difficult subject... A mindful dissection of how allied strength can combat hate."

  • "We are Vermonters mostly because we like the idea of being Vermonters." The Full Vermonty is Excerpt at Hypertext Magazine. And most appreciative I am.

    Quite appreciative. So please do take a look at the full Excerpt at Hypertext Magazine here and to learn more about, and even order, "The Full Vermonty," please visit Green Writers Press here. Otherwise, onward and upward I'd say, yes? Yes.

  • "What did Vermont’s Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin and Republican Governor-Elect Phil Scott jointly say in response to Donald Trump’s election?" The Full Vermonty is ONE QUESTION at Hypertext Magazine. And most appreciative we are.

    Quite appreciative. So please do take a look at ONE QUESTION at Hypertext Magazine here and to learn more about, and even order, "The Full Vermonty," please visit Green Writers Press here. Otherwise, onward and upward I'd say, yes? Yes.

  • Much appreciated The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump excerpt at TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog.

    Thrilled to see "The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump" excerpted at TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog, and yes much appreciated. Excerpt (of said excerpt) love below.

    "Readers, I think you know I've managed to steer clear from taking any sort of political stance on this blog over the years. Mostly because TNBBC focuses on literary fiction, but also because I feel book blogs should be safe spaces that don't push political or religious agendas at their followers. They should be places you and I turn to when real-life craziness threatens our sanities.

    "Today, though, I am going to temporarily break my own rule and share a cartoon excerpt from The Full Vermonty, which released back in September with Green Writers Press, a Vermont-based, global publisher whose mission is to spread a message of hope and renewal. My good friend Ben Tanzer is the publicist for this title and I'm thrilled to be able to help him spread the word!

    "Readers, be warned.. if you are Trump supporter, you may wish to skip this post. Just sayin'.

    "Here we go...."

  • What the hell do we do now? I think we should talk about "The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump" by Bill Mares and Jeff Danziger. Reviews, interviews, think pieces, and hype would be nice too.

    With the one year anniversary of President's Trump's inauguration looming, I'm really honored to support efforts to bring The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump from the terrific Green Writers Press out into the wider world. The Full Vermonty is a collection of essays and cartoons from journalist Bill Mares and cartoonist Jeff Danziger, and leading progressive writers and thinkers from across the state, all of who are focused on trying to answer the following question: "What the hell do we do now?" Their answers, will make you laugh and cry, and not necessarily in that order (and yes, I'm liberally paraphrasing Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's here). Please let me know if you have any questions and/or are interested in reviewing the book, interviewing the authors and/or publisher, writing think pieces, or generally engaging in the hype we're looking to generate for this truly unique, wonderful and timely collection. For much more on all things The Full Vermonty please do go here. And with all that said, let me leave you with this final note:

    "Vermont towns may be small, but (unlike Trump’s hands) they are not clenched in anger. Rather, they are resisting with characteristic wit and charm. In The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump, edited by Bill Mares and Jeff Danziger, some of Vermont’s most famous voices ask, “What the hell do we do now?”  The collection of essays, published by Green Writers Press in Brattleboro, Vermont, explores how Vermont, a small, rural state with a progressive history, must reckon with what it means to exist in Trump’s America. But “The Full Vermonty” isn’t just for Vermont readers— it is for anyone wondering how to resist, persevere, and remain hopeful in the age of Trump."