Archive for August, 2008

The Vestiges of a Children’s Book I Never Wrote

Friday, August 15th, 2008

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High School Confidential

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Last summer everybody at Hoover High School, which you will find in Hoover, Alabama, were forced to read Big Fish. This is a program similar to those One Book/One City programs, where they pick a single book for everyone to read. It really is a good idea. Everybody has a common knowledge, something other than sports and Britney — something different to talk about.

At any rate. The good folks at Hoover — which is a mere fifteen miles or so from where I was born — created a message board for the students to post their responses to the book. Hoover High must be one of those schools for the over-achievers among us because these guys are smart and articulate. Even those who really didn’t care much for the book.

Here’s a link to it.

p.s. A lot of people didn’t much like the way I portrayed women in the book. I have to agree with them. I don’t like it much either.


Thursday, August 7th, 2008

1. Absolutely no response from the editorial population communicating a desire for one of my short stories. Jeez.

2. We got another dog. Maddie, Squirrel Dog, born March 28th.

3. 66.6% through novel, tentatively called Roam.

4. Graduated from college in July.

5. About to start my new job as a real professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A dream come true.

6. A story in New Stories from the South.

7. Going to Atlanta, Brattleboro, Austin and Miami for Mr. Sebastian in the fall.

8. Can’t tell you this one. It’s a secret.

9. Got my iPhone
10. Taking singing lessons.


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