Robin Sloan’s delicious stewing of magical realism and food writing, Sour Dough, serves up the perfect blend of action, pathos, and exposition in its mouth-watering first chapter. Here’s the recipe and ingredients. I’ve broken the first chapter into five sections which form a kind of parallel structure. Warning, there are minor spoilers for the first… Read More FIRST CHAPTER: ROBIN SLOAN’S SOURDOUGH


Julio Cortázar’s Hopscotch is a post-modern, stream-of-conscious, choose your own adventure novel. Its loaded with meta text, extended allegories, and language experiments that, at once, are beautiful and frustrating. An unconventional book demands unconventional advice: The book is difficult because it has been written and structured to resist understanding. The book is difficult because the… Read More REACTIONS: HOPSCOTCH


Two things. First, my friend Graeme Brown recently published a novella called the Pact. Brown is a prolific world builder and proponent of outlining. He’s taught me that a published book contains only a fraction of an authors efforts. Case in point, Brown keeps stacks of notes detailing every aspect of his built-world, which will never… Read More SPACE JOURNALISM