A selection of Web and print articles, and books…

A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps

A short novel from Down & Out Books’ Shotgun Honey label; a gonzo noir journey into obsession, violence, and the power of love. Available in paperbackKindle, and Nook.

How to Become an Intellectual

A definitive, somewhat comedic guide to becoming an intellectual, now available in paperback from Barnes & Noble and Amazon (the latter of which also offers the inevitable Kindle e-book version). And it’s on sale, of course, in actual bricks-and-mortar bookstores everywhere.

Somebody’s Trying to Kill Me

A book of noir short stories; some of these previously appeared in Shotgun Honey, Thuglit, and other publications. The rest are all-new. Available in paperback and Kindle.

Carrier Pigeon 

Oversized and beautifully illustrated; short stories and collaborations include:

“What the Fire Cost Us” (Vol. 2, Issue 3; illustrations by Myles Karr)

“They Go Boom” (Vol. 2, Issue 4; illustrations by Kirsten Flaherty)

“Everything I Do Hurts Somebody” (Vol. 3, Issue 1; illustrations by Matt Barteluce)

“Dogs of Brooklyn” (Vol. 3, Issue 2; illustrations by Kevin Speidell)

“The White Whale” (Vol. 3, Issue 3; illustrations by Rachel Burgess)

Rust & Moth

“Beneath the River” (poem, Winter 2015)

“Cockatoo” (poem, Spring 2016)


“A Nice Pair of Guns” (available in print and Kindle)

“A Bad Day in Boat Repo” (available in print and Kindle)

Plots with Guns

“All Dog”


“Soul in the Shell” (a poetry/photo collaboration with Trey Wright)

North American Review

“Sandhog” (poem; print only)

“The Wait”: A short essay on the writing of “Sandhogs.”

Cleaver Magazine

“The Great Wave Carries You Forward”

“Little Orestes”

“The Valley”

“Alone with Your Own Disaster”

“Illuminati Dance” (poem)

The Adirondack Review

“Elvis Presley Retires” (poem)


“Harding On The Boulevard Du Montparnasse”

Shotgun Honey 

A crime-fiction anthology featuring my short story, “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” A subsequent edition featured the story, “Chipping Off the Old Block.”

And on Shotgun Honey‘s Website: various noir flash-fiction pieces, including “Two for Tea,” “How Jules Left Prison,” “The Day the Clown Died,” “Special Delivery,” and “Whoops.” (I read that last story, “Whoops,” on Episode 1 of the Writer Types podcast, which you can listen to here.)

Crime Syndicate

“Dee the Friendly Grizzly’s Little Miracle” (available in print and Kindle editions)

“Stickup” (available on Kindle)

Newtown Literary

“Kingpins” (poem; print only)

The Washington Independent Review of Books

“The Internet Police” (book review)

“The New Digital Age” (book review)

“Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government” (book review)

“Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief” (book review)

The Huffington Post

Some excerpts and articles adapted from How to Become an Intellectual:

Cast LOL and Emoticons From Your Lexicon

The Art of Passionately Hating at Least One Classic Author

Embrace Your Alma Mater, No Matter Where You Went

Dice News (formerly Slashdot)

The Billion-Dollar Startup: Inside Obama’s Campaign Tech

Should Cops Wear Google Glass?

The Science Behind ‘Elysium’

How Bezos Buying The Washington Post Could Strengthen Amazon

The Evergreen Review

“The Jailbird’s First Flight Attempt” (poem)

Crack the Spine

“The White Mountains” (poem; also available as part of a print anthology)


“Friedrich Nietzsche, Chain-Restaurant Bartender”

“The Modern Gangs of New York”

Barnes & Noble Considering Nook Business Spinoff

Apple iPad 3 Rumor-Mill Gearing Up

Satellite Magazine

“Afterworld” (fiction)

“All in a Day’s Work” (fiction)

“5 Pointz Lives” (a nonfiction piece about the destruction of an NYC building famous for its graffiti)


Playboy: The Book of Cigars (2010)
(Co-written with Aaron Sigmond; photos by Ian Spanier)

…and also available in a Kindle edition.

Private Air

John Travolta Waxes Philosophical About Flight

Firefighting Jets Crash in California

Boars and Hot Air Balloons in Tuscany

Morgan Freeman At Home In Mississippi

Bobby Flay In Vegas

Terry Bradshaw In Texas

Out of the Gutter Online

“Next Week: Tennis Lessons” (flash fiction)


Piece on a local clothing line.

The Washington Post

Four iPhone Apps to Try
Dissecting some of the latest Apps for iPhone/iPod.

Finding Like-Minded Netizens Beyond MyFace
Newest in social networking.

Mobile Social Networks: Reach Out and GPS Someone
Yet another social-networking piece.

Fast and Loose With Craig Ferguson Live
Interview with Craig Gerguson, late-night host.

Listen and Learn With Podcasts
Easy ways to learn Mandarin, re-remember long-lost grammar lessons, etc.

A ‘Fountain’ Quest Fulfilled
Interview with ‘The Fountain’ and ‘Black Swan’ director Darren Aronofsky.

A Snowboarder With Business Savvy
Interview with snowboarder and entrepreneur Dave Tran.

Mechanics of Style

Digital Gizmos No. 1: High-End Headphones

Digital Gizmos No. 2: The Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry

Digital Gizmos No. 3: Ultrabooks

Digital Gizmos No. 4: Lytro Cameras

Sound & Vision

Chuck’s ‘Buy More’ Versus Best Buy
Comparing the real-life box store to the NBC’s spy show.

The Netflix Queue: How’s It Work?
Dissecting how the Netflix queue, well, works.

Washington City Paper

Perfect the Dots
Interview with D.C. local artist Amy Lin.


Help Yourself
Tips for best care in the ER.

Pineapple: A Sweet, Nutritious Treat
Profile of a tasty fruit.


Old-Time Driver’s Time
Review of antique driver’s watches (co-written with Aaron Sigmond)

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