A Class!

For the first time (in a long time) I will be teaching a six-week master class that is open to the public. This writing workshop will be limited to 10 students, and take place in Brooklyn, at the offices of One Story on Tuesdays, 6-9 pm, November 12-December 17th. Deadline to apply is Sept. 30th. […]

Boston Noir 2

Out of all of my stories, the one with the longest legs has been “Home Sweet Home.” I first published it in Epoch. From there it was picked for Best American Mystery Stories. Then it appeared in my collection, Animal Crackers. Then it was included in an anthology called Fiction Gallery, put out by Gotham […]


In 2002, I went to Japan for the first time with my friend Yuka. We spent time in Kawaguchi-ko, where I took this picture of Mt. Fuji. Kawaguchi-ko is the epi-center of the one of the most recent earthquakes. Yuka still does not know if her family’s house there has been destroyed. Meanwhile, other family members are […]

Lulu Lives On

I found out today that a character from my short story, “Reasonable Terms,” has several pages on facebook and over 23,000 followers (far, far more than me). “Reasonable Terms” is about a group of giraffes who go on strike and stage a group mock suicide at a zoo. One of those giraffes, Lulu, starts hallucinating […]

Selected Shorts

Last November, a story of mine, “Milestones,” was broadcast on public radio’s Selected Shorts, an award-winning, one-hour program featuring readings of classic and new short fiction by great actors from stage, screen and television, recorded live at New York’s Symphony Space. My story was read by Laurie Anderson, and afterwards I was interviewed by the […]

Paper Anniversary

Today the paperback of The Good Thief arrives in bookstores. It’s hard to believe that a year has already passed since the hardback was published. I was in New Zealand in August 2008, and I remember feeling strange but also relieved that I was so far from home. The novel I’d been working on for […]