Other Writing

In case it’s not clear by now, I try to keep pretty busy.  Here’s some other stuff I’ve done around the net.


No Name Reading at Zen’s Bar in Lincoln, Nebraska, 2014. PC: Jason Hertz.

Painting’s Just My Day Job – Essay about how working as a housepainter helped me develop better writing habits.

Why I Worked Unpaid Overtime for Two Years – Essay about one of my worst Day Job experiences and how the very real pressure to work overtime can affect anyone.

Just Before the Sakura-jima Eruption – Short travel piece about my trip to the Sakura-jima volcano in southern Japan the day of its first 2016 eruption.

From The Charleston Anvil art and lit mag:

Adjunct Crisis: Labor Issues in Higher Education – Podcast co-produced with Jason Hertz where we talk with adjunct professor Chris Small about working conditions and job availability in academia.

Apples Are Grown in Aomori – Photo essay about my trip to northern Japan, published in Eastlit.

How Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Changed My Life – Another podcast, this one with an essay I wrote for an episode of The Drunken Odyssey’s Books That Changed My Life series.

Leaked Literature: Why We Should Respect Salinger’s Wishes – Essay for The Millions about how the 2014 bootleg J.D. Salinger manuscript shows how the author shaped pre-Catcher in the Rye Holden Caulfield.

A Wave of the Hand – My first blog of offbeat nonfiction, straight-up fiction, and miscellaneous reflections, kept from 2007 to early 2016.  Here’s a few favorite entries: