Lightning Balls over Puget Sound

Skid out. Conversation with a cop. At home with Sylvie. Lightning balls over the Sound. A hard rain falling, still blocks from Val’s Club, through the red light at the Seneca exit coming off the freeway, spin out of control and slide into a flooded work zone, taking out an orange CAUTION sign, and theContinue reading “Lightning Balls over Puget Sound”

Hacked and Gobsmacked

Late for a meeting. “extreme and unusual risk.” “hacked and…gobsmacked” I was late for my meeting with Walter. I had some explaining to do, but I wasn’t in the mood for working together as a team in the spirit of cooperation toward common goals for the mutual benefit of all. Nor did I feel likeContinue reading “Hacked and Gobsmacked”

The gods Get Bored

Riding Harley in the rain in Seattle. Ball lightning. The gods. I throttled my green gnarly Harley across I-90 from Bellevue, wind chopped waves blowing over the wall on the south side of the bridge, the water as smooth as a coffin lid on the north side. I raddled through the last tunnel and mergedContinue reading “The gods Get Bored”

Notes on Caleb Crain’s “Overthrow”

In spite of embedded Shakespeare and sundry 19th Century potential footnotes, Caleb Crain’s new novel, “Overthrow” (Viking, August, 2019), may remind readers more of the William Powell and Myrna Loy films that made noir comedies out of Dashiell Hammett’s “The Thin Man” than to Henry James (who, it might be argued, made drama out ofContinue reading “Notes on Caleb Crain’s “Overthrow””

News at the Toads

I reviewed British poet Scott Manley Hadley’s debut poetry collection, “Bad Boy Poet,” at Queen Mob’s Teahouse. The book, just out this week, is available from the publisher (Open Pen) and at Amazon (paperback and Kindle editions). Read my review here. My novel “Alma Lolloon” is now available in Kindle electronic edition format. You canContinue reading “News at the Toads”

Notes on Julian Gallo’s “The Penguin and The Bird”

Julian Gallo’s “The Penguin and The Bird” (2018, New Horizons Editions) is an impressionistic work. It functions as a graphic novel, but one without the drawings. There are 72 short chapters spread across 122 pages of text. The chapters are organized into four parts: “Her Mother’s Violin Early Autumn, 1979,” which concludes with Chapter 13,Continue reading “Notes on Julian Gallo’s “The Penguin and The Bird””

Notes on Jessica Sequeira’s “A Furious Oyster”

I was reading Jessica Sequeira’s debut novel, “A Furious Oyster” (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2018), when the 30 August London Review of Books arrived in the day’s mail. A book review should reveal something unexpected, but to do that the book under consideration must be heard in a whisper. I turned to the review of Zadie Smith’sContinue reading “Notes on Jessica Sequeira’s “A Furious Oyster””

Out of the Blue Review of Alma Lolloon

A fun and generous review of Alma Lolloon has appeared on Amazon. Here is a link, and I’ve pasted the review below: by, Rucker Trill 5.0 out of 5 stars so I must write to tell you how much I liked it. Right off the bat I thought July 4, 2018 Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase Dear MissContinue reading “Out of the Blue Review of Alma Lolloon”

Gerard Reve: “The Evenings”

Day job workers share in common evenings. Time off, free time, leisure time, time-wasting, occupy the evenings. What to do? The question often haunts office and factory workers (workers clutching daytimer calendars are bothered by another version of the question). The evening absorbs the question of what to do like a fountain swallows wish thrownContinue reading “Gerard Reve: “The Evenings””

Alma Lolloon: 5th Installment of Work in Progress – Epigraphs

The novel “Alma Lolloon” opens with two epigraphs, both of which serve the ordinary purpose of the epigraph but are also part of the fiction being created. In each, the original is given, followed by an “interpretive translation” by the narrator of “Alma Lolloon,” who is Alma Lolloon: Experience, though noon auctoritee Were in thisContinue reading “Alma Lolloon: 5th Installment of Work in Progress – Epigraphs”