brothercyst: August 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


A new website called Brooklyner just launched and I have a story called "Prunes at Gunpoint" in it.  It's fun!

If James Salter's in the running for short story prizes, everyone else can just give up.  Except like Alice Munro and William Trevor.

Last night I watched True Blood, Breaking Bad, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and maybe something else, I can't remember.  This weekend I saw Fright Night and Conan the BarbarianFright Night was extremely fun... Colin Farrell in particular was eating up his scenes like steak.  And the girl is gorgeous.

Then I read The Book of Werewolves.

Today I got in an elevator and Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner got in too.  I tried to look anywhere except at Tom Cruise, to avoid seeming like I knew it was Tom Cruise.  Then before I got off I made eye contact and he nodded, like, "I know you know I'm Tom Cruise.  It's ok.  Really."

Thursday, August 18, 2011


So now I go to work every day of the week for the first time since 2009.  I just started.  My brain is still getting used to the fact that it can't take a nap in the middle of the afternoon anymore.  The job is fucking awesome.  It's what I came to L.A. to do and it's really exciting.


I'm going to try to go see Fright Night this weekend.  I always had a soft spot for the original, and this one is written by Marti Noxon, a terrific writer and producer who Ned & I have been working with this summer.


Glad I got to catch up this week with Amelia Gray, who was in L.A. for a few days and whose novel THREATS is coming out from FSG next March.  An indie/internet writer with FSG... fucking cool.

Monday, August 15, 2011


I'm psyched for the Teen Wolf season finale tonight...

Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Various places are reporting that William Sleator has died in Thailand.  This is really heartbreaking.  He was only in his 60s and still writing actively, I believe.  I hadn't spoken with him since sometime late last year, but we were in fairly regular contact by email and gchat for some stretches of 2009 and 2010.  That was following an interview I did with him.  I really admired him, I loved Singularity when I was a kid and then I returned to it when I was older and found that I still loved it.  Same with House of Stairs and Fingers and to some degree Interstellar Pig as well.  He was an incredibly sweet, mild-mannered guy, who was also very kind the one time I met him in person, which was when he came to visit Yale about ten years ago.  He will be missed.