December 30, 2014

There are people who won't get, won't like, get but don't like and hate your work. And there are people who get it, like it, and get behind their opinion. They're worth the other lot, ten times over.

November 24, 2014

I didn't intend Magic America to be liked by everyone. It's a wonderful thing when someone loves your book. A wonderful thing because of the hope it gives that a like mind has found a like-minded thing, or because a hungry mind has found a sustaining thing, or a bored...

November 17, 2014


Cartilage - (KT's point of view on Marco's love life)


Gina just come on into the picture like she ain’t had no beginning whatsoever - rain out of clouds on a sunny day.   Once she with Marco, it was like there wasn’t never no time without her.  Like God, or pain, or B...

November 10, 2014

I just opened a pack of Wrigley's Extra white to discover it tastes exactly like the Bazooka Joe bubble gum with a comic inside that we used to get for 5 cents from the candy store on 149th street. So much so that for a moment I felt like I was climbing up into The Wh...

October 10, 2014

I think my favorite scene in Magic America is when Freak Eddie carries Noelle off under the streetlights. The characters in MA are for the most part, composites of people I knew living in New Jersey in the 1980s. So there was a man with a metallic voice and there was a...

September 15, 2014

On Wednesday, 10 September, I had the great pleasure of appearing on Soho Radio's Free Seed show. If you're in London, the studio at 22C Great Windmill Street is well worth a visit. The station is visible through a glass panel behind the coffee shop that greets you a...

September 2, 2014

Questions for book club discussion are now available on the 'BOOKS' page of this site. Please do get in touch if you have any suggestions for additions or revisions. I'd love to hear how your discussion went. 

August 6, 2014

I’m reading One Hundred Years of Solitude. Slowly. This is partly by choice, deciding to read like a writer, rather than a reader, and partly by the demand of the prose. Not that I find it difficult, but dense, rich. There is so very much going on and to read quickly m...

July 25, 2014

My nightmares are often based on recurrent urban themes. One is that I arrive in Brooklyn Heights where I lived for four years, to find someone else living in the home I think is still my own. I wander the streets, lost; the stores have all changed, no one will look at...

July 18, 2014

I’m not a huge fan of reality in art. The primary interaction I want with a book is to be pulled out of where I stand, out of how I feel, away from my thoughts, and brought to an elsewhere; and preferably one I then do not want to leave. Of course this predilection was...

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