I just found out my flash nonfiction piece, "Give Me a Hug," will be published in Jellyfish Review this spring. Thanks, Jellyfish Review!
Last year I was in a position to nominate a handful of stories for the Pushcart Prize. Lit people know how damn near impossible (the numbers are staggering) it is for a nominated story to make the Pushcart anthology. So I was absolutely thrilled to return from a trip yesterday and find inside the 2018 edition one of those stories – “A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness” by Jai Chakrabarti, originally published in A Public Space. Congratulations, Jai. Thank you for writing such a wonderful story.
“The thing of course, is to make yourself alive. Most people remain all of their lives in a stupor. The point of being an artist is that you may live.”
— Sherwood Anderson in a letter to his son
Well, I'm stunned. I was crazy fortunate enough to place "Touch," a short memoir, in the 2014 Pushcart Prize Anthology, after it appeared in The Pinch. I never thought I'd see my work in such heady company, and now I've just found out that the Pushcart editors have selected that memoir to join 24 other prose pieces, all having to do with love, that they (as I understand it - I'm still figuring this out) selected from decades of Pushcart anthologies for a new anthology titled Love Stories for Turbulent Times. Could not feel more gratified or lucky; this piece is very important to me.
I'm very happy to see my client, Michael Sandberg's, collection of short stories, The Evil That Men Do published by Deuxmers, up at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as in bookstores. He also got great reviews from the San Francisco Book Review, Manhattan Book Review, and Kirkus. Way to go, Michael!
“Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.”
— James Baldwin
To tell a story is to say: this is the important story. It is to reduce the spread and simultaneity of everything to something linear, a path.
— Susan Sontag
"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep directly open to and aware of the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."
— Martha Graham
"That's always where a story is: somebody who would like to say something but can't. You wait for that moment when the liberating word, the liberating sentence, arrives on the scene. And maybe it never does."
— Charles Baxter