Friday, October 23, 2009

Personal Days — Autumn 2009

Hudson Valleyites! This Sunday, 10/25, at 4:30: I'm at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, reading with Christine Lehner.

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And on November 14, I'll be appearing with my good friends Hua Hsu and Dennis Lim to talk about criticism at the Asian American Literary Festival. It's at 2 p.m. at the PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Jeff Glor: What inspired you to write this book [The Interrogative Mood]?
Padgett Powell: Let us say I received workplace emails exclusively in the interrogative, like this: "Is it time for our esteemed Director [I was the Director] to have a chat with the Provost about our autonomy? Are we remembering what was promised us last spring by the Dean? Will we be content, again, to let History repeat itself?" and let us say I started wanting to have some ready answers: How do you stand in relation to the potato? Do you love the velvet ant as much as I?

And could not stop, for 140 pages.


(Via TEV)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Reading at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center, 10/25

Hudson Valleyites!

I'll be reading with Christine Lehner (Absent a Miracle) at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center in Tarrytown on Sunday, October 25, at 4:30 p.m. (It's actually in the Philipse Manor Railroad Station...)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Is this it?

The Post-It note confessions of Malty

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Reading this Thursday, October 8 at KGB

I'll be reading with two of my favorites, Lev Grossman (The Magicians) and Rivka Galchen (Atmospheric Disturbances), this Thursday at KGB, which is on 85 East 4th St. Doors open at 7.

It's a benefit for "Behind the Book," which promotes reading for schoolchildren and adults.

See you there?!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Pushing the envelope

"This small, sixteen-page pamphlet is produced to put inside the postage-paid, business-reply envelopes that come with junk mail offers. Every envelope collected is stuffed with the pamphlet and mailed back to its original company."

(From Fred)

Friday, October 2, 2009


Inspired Amazon offer:

Personal Days: A Novel + Then We Came to the End: A Novel + Revolutionary Road (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage Contemporaries)
Price For All Three: $28.46

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Should Thursday be the new Friday? (A: Yes)

Some work-related links, at Bookforum's blog. (Current Bookforum is devoted to work.)