brothercyst: 2012

Thursday, October 04, 2012


Almost finished filming our episode.  Episode two, "Blue on Blue" airs tonight.  Watch!

Leaving Hawaii soon.  It's been excellent.

Friday, September 21, 2012


I'm in Hawaii right now, getting ready to shoot episode 106 of Last Resort, which promises to be pretty awesome.  The show premieres next Thursday night, Sept 27, 8 pm, on ABC.  (And you can watch the pilot online now, here.  Check it out.  Online and critical response has been great so far.)


Meanwhile, check out this James Salter interview.  Beautiful.  And his next novel All That Is comes out next year but you can pre-order it now.


Friday, August 03, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012


UPDATE: Here's a pretty accurate photo recap of our Teen Wolf episode.

The episode tonight, Monday June 25, was written by me and Ned Vizzini.  It's called "Venomous."  I haven't seen the finished cut, I'll see it on TV just like everyone else.  We're writing for Last Resort now but had a great time on Teen Wolf and are psyched to see this.  Watch tonight at 10 on MTV.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


Spent all yesterday in Malibu at Bloomsday wedding of good friends.  It was pretty gorgeous, and wedding cake tastes good.  I wore a suit for the first time in almost two years.  This is what I look like in a suit.

"Nick Antosca in suit"
photo credit: Sabra Embury
And there was a lot of food, and it was good.  I got home tired and watched some episodes of Friday Night Lights, which I'm catching up on because I've been hearing for years how great it is (it is) and now I'm working with three people who wrote on it.

I also re-read Jesus' Son and A Sport and a Pastime in the last month and wrote a short story.  I have a list of movies I need to watch, but haven't had time.  Basically I haven't been sleeping, and when I do sleep, I dream about submarines and islands.

My new job continues to be amazing, so much that when I leave work every day I continue to think about it and write down ideas for hours afterward.  Thus the dreams.

Today is Father's Day.  I called my dad and he was en route to see Prometheus, even though it's really more of a Mother's Day movie.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012


Several weeks into Last Resort now; best job ever.  Good times.  Also, you can follow the Last Resort writers room on twitter.

Got home from work today to find the 1,000 page Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard.  Cannot wait to read.

Meanwhile, first two episodes of Teen Wolf season 2 aired in the last two days, got good reviews and ratings, and were generally excellent. Reviews and recaps tend to include lines like, "So what did you think of the lunacy that is Teen Wolf?" and "So in a scene that was just straight-up bonkers, Mr. and Mrs. Argent teamed up to apparently torture the school principal into retiring? WHAT ON EARTH?"  [Note: The principal was played, beautifully, by our former writers room colleague and onetime Lost writer Christian Taylor.]  Tweets include the popular, "Why is there a lizard on Teen Wolf?" in addition to the "I luv itttttt!!!" stuff.

Here's a great recap with tons of images.

Thursday, May 31, 2012


I'm now on the writing staff of Last Resort, a new show on ABC premiering this fall. It's created by Karl Gajdusek, a terrific playwright/feature writer, and Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield (which as you know if you know me, is my favorite show of all time, so I'm still getting my head around that). Just started. It's great, and the writer's room is full of amazing people...

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


This is a great New York Times article about how Qaddafi's torturers in Libya are being held captive by their former victims.  Nasser reads like a great fictional character, and his conflicts and story are riveting.  One of the best articles I've read in the Times in years.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012


Blake Butler and I interviewed each other for Ron Hogan's literary site  About The Obese and Anatomy Courses, both from Lazy Fascist Press this past spring.  Check out the interview; buy the books.

Sunday, May 06, 2012


It's going to be a weird, excellent, bloody season on Teen Wolf. June 3, after the MTV movie awards. Trailer with footage of season 2 below.

This! And that "I'm exactly your type" line is from one of the episodes Ned Vizzini and I wrote.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


If you're interested in a somewhat anxiety-inducing, possibly eye-opening experience, go to the Harvard IAT tests and do the demonstration tests.  They'll indicate your automatic prejudices in a variety of dichotomies.  Apparently my data "suggest a slight automatic preference for Gay People compared to Straight People." (caps theirs).  Other results were equally interesting.  In fact, the result of every test I took was unexpected.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012


So this is a fun project. Excited about it. 

And I'm locked to my computer this week.

Yesterday I watched the most recent episodes of Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Magic City, I Just Want My Pants Back, and screeners of HBO's Girls and Veep.

Game of Thrones: Holy shit, did they just kill a baby??

Mad Men: Holy shit, Betty looks different!  Also, "Sorry, my stomach rumbles sometimes and it can sound like the f-word" is my favorite line of TV dialogue thus far in 2012.  Love this Ginsberg guy.

Magic City: A lot of these beautiful naked brunettes look the same.  I can't tell who's who.  Show is beautiful to look at.

I Just Want My Pants Back: Average episode of a very good show. The painfully ambitious actress will do anything for a part.  I never met people like that in New York though.  Only in L.A.

Girls: Great acting, some great writing, main character is deeply unlikable.  But supposed to be?  (I hope.)  Show is going to have a devoted following.

Veep: Comic brilliance.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


I've been re-reading Alicia Erian's The Brutal Language of Love this week, which remains one of my favorite short story collections of all time, and it reminded me that I have to re-read Towelhead. But I can't find my copy, so I'll buy a new one.  When is Erian's next book going to exist?


Every so often I get sucked into RapGenius, the website started as a hobby by some guys I know from New York that has now turned into a beast, with like actual investors and shit, and I spend a few hours clicking around.

Just now I noticed they've got exegeses for non-rap artists as well.  Like Lana del Rey.

Today at lunch we started talking about Lana del Rey.  Someone loathed her.  I defended her.  I find her superfascinating.  Not sexy, just creepy and enthralling.  And all so painfully self-aware, yet more magnetic because of it.  I feel like I'm watching a David Lynch movie when I watch her sing, even on the SNL performance.  The "Video Games" video is hypnotic.

Sunday, March 25, 2012


It's a rare day of rain in Southern California.  This is a wonderful excuse to stay in and write.  (And also to read the Terry Southern and Bret Easton Ellis interviews in the Paris Review which arrived a few days ago.)  And tonight, Mad Men.

The signing was fun yesterday.  I'd never been to Dark Delicacies but I'll go there again.  My friend Kati almost couldn't make it because she and her roommate were trapped in her apartment by a psychotic squirrel (and they took the incredible picture below as proof) but then they showed up in the end, unbitten, bearing cookies.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Diabolical short film by Nash Edgerton. Watch now.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


I like this Ryan Bradford Goodreads review of The Obese.

"Just finished this book and feel slightly weird for enjoying it. It's an ugly, ugly book--the cover's (amazingly) grotesque and every character in The Obese is a piece of shit."

Tuesday, March 06, 2012


Did another q&a, this time for the Collagist blog.

Today was weirdly cold in Los Angeles.  I'm cold right now. 

Monday, March 05, 2012


I did a q&a at Identity Theory, check it out.


I was wrong about The Wire.  The first time I watched it I thought it was half a great show.  The drug dealer storyline was epic and engaging and the cops were boring.  Watching it again I realized I was just wrong.  It's 100% a great show.  I hate/love being wrong.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


My Largehearted Boy Book Notes post for The Obese.  With playable playlist including Pet Shop Boys and The Kinks.

One of my dad's concerts is the National Gallery of Art's latest podcast!


All cover images from international Vogue magazines in 2010, overlayed on top of each other. Hot.


Saturday, February 25, 2012


The Obese now available on Kindle!

Hm, what else.  Viral promotion for The Obese continues!

Watched MTV's I Just Want My Pants Back last night.  A better depiction of present-day Brooklyn than the terrible Bored to Death.

Finished reading Don Winslow's The Power of the Dog, which was pretty epic.

This new blogger interface is confusing me.

I saw some The Cottage stuff this week!  That was cool.

I'm incredibly busy but not making much money.  That's disorienting.  But that's what happens when you write most of what you write on spec, I guess.  Also, I have to do my taxes.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE of The Obese from Lazy Fascist Press.  Order now!  Give to your loved ones for Valentine's Day. 


Last night I watched Smash.  I think I actually like that show.  I loathe Katherine McPhee's character so much (and I like her rival, played by Megan Hilty) that it's fun to watch.  I hope it doesn't turn into a triumphant story of ascendance.  That wouldn't be a very realistic story of the Broadway experience...


Also, Stainless by Todd Grimson was just republished.  One of the only vampire novels I've ever loved.  Read it if you haven't!

Saturday, February 04, 2012


The Obese, published by Lazy Fascist Press, out now.  Order it!  Hope you enjoy.  You can read it very quickly.  Plus there's another short story, "Predator Bait," included.  Perfect Valentine's Day present. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Available soon for pre-order.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Sometimes I read or overhear a really vivid phrase or exchange and I've got to take it down for posterity, to use later or just for inspiration.  The transcript of the conversation between the Italian Coast Guard captain and the captain of the Costa Concordia who abandoned the ship as it was sinking is such an exchange.  Really extraordinary.

—De Falco: “You go aboard. It is an order. Don’t make any more excuses. You have declared ‘abandon ship.’ Now I am in charge. You go on board! Is that clear? Do you hear me? Go, and call me when you are aboard. My air rescue crew is there.”
—Schettino: “Where are your rescuers?”
—De Falco: “My air rescue is on the prow. Go. There are already bodies, Schettino.”
—Schettino: “How many bodies are there?”
—De Falco: “I don’t know. I have heard of one. You are the one who has to tell me how many there are. Christ.”
—Schettino: “But do you realize it is dark and here we can’t see anything...”
—De Falco: “And so what? You want to go home, Schettino? It is dark and you want to go home?


Ken Baumann just sent me this exciting article.  (Best part: "Two females were hiking with nine dogs...")  A severed head was found in a bag beneath the Hollywood sign.  Man.  The Secret History of the Lord of Musahi comes to mind, as well as a weird kind of envy.  After I die, cut off my head and put it in a bag under the Hollywood sign.

Friday, January 13, 2012


Elizabeth Hand, a terrific author (whose Available Dark is out soon) reviewed the rerelease of Brand New Cherry Flavor for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and calls it one of the best horror novels she's read in the last few decades.  I've been singing its praises for a long time, and will again: it's awesome.  Read it if you haven't.

Monday, January 02, 2012


I just watched Bad Lieutenant on TV... saw it probably ten years ago and remembered it being good, but not that good.  What a fantastic movie.  Somehow it hit me a lot harder now than it did when I was a teenager.  Something about the patterns of relentless behavior and the visceral self-loathing and the inability to comprehend selfless behavior (even while groping toward an imitation of it)... this time it was just physically and viscerally jarring.  Fucking awesome film...  For some reason I guess I'd had an idea in my head of Ferrara as a really sloppy filmmaker with big vivid flashes of talent, but after seeing this again (and seeing Body Snatchers not too long ago), it's clear there was at least a period in the early 90s when he had enough discipline to deploy that talent really judiciously.


I have a story in the new issue of the New Haven Review.  Issue 9.  It's not out yet, comes out soon.  It's called "Migrations."  I believe it will make me the only author so far to have had two pieces of fiction in the NHR.  Proud!  Brian Francis Slattery and Bennett Lovett-Graff at the NHR have been very kind.


Currently reading John D. MacDonald's The End of the NightIt's about four young people who go on a killing spree.  It's told in a non-linear but fairly gripping fashion.  I got it because Stephen King said, "John D. MacDonald has written a novel called The End of the Night which I would argue is one of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century. It ranks with Death of a Salesman, it ranks with An American Tragedy."  I'm halfway through.  It's definitely good so far.