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Library Visit: Cary, North Carolina

Hello citizens of North Carolina, specifically those in the Research Triangle area, and even more specifically those in the town of Cary! I will be coming to your fair metropolis tomorrow and visiting the brand-new (and by all accounts, gorgeous) library. Let’s format that conveniently: Sunday, November 17 (2 pm) / Cary Cary Regional Library: […]

posted 16 November 2019 in News. no comments yet

Kindness and Wonder: News and Tour

Hello neighbor! I am extremely excited because my next book, Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever, is being published one week from today by Dey St., on October 29. I wanted to share another early review, from the good people at Library Journal: “This engaging, perceptive narrative examines the show, […]

posted 22 October 2019 in Buy My Stuff, News. no comments yet

R.I.P. Kim Shattuck

I was very sad to hear of the death of the mighty Kim Shattuck, the creative force behind the Muffs–the band never achieved the commercial success of some of their pop-punk peers in the early 1990s, but they made some excellent albums and Shattuck had one of the all-time great rock screams, right up there […]

posted 7 October 2019 in Links, News, Outside. no comments yet

Early Praise for Kindness and Wonder

Hello neighbors! I’m very excited to share Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever with you. I am forced, however, to wait until the end of the month; it goes on sale on October 29th, exactly four weeks from today. (Click here for information on places where you can buy it […]

posted 1 October 2019 in Buy My Stuff, News. no comments yet

Final Draught

Do you live in Charlotte, North Carolina? If you don’t live in Charlotte, can you get to Charlotte? Because on Tuesday, August 13th (that’s tomorrow night as I write this), I will be speaking at Final Draught, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation’s quarterly series of fundraisers featuring “local thought leaders, beer, and books.” (I believe […]

posted 12 August 2019 in News, Uncategorized. no comments yet

R.I.P. Dr. John

Dr. John, the New Orleans singer and piano player so mighty that he exerted his own gravitational force, died last week. I wrote his obituary for the New York Times. (The vagaries of obituary writing being what they are, I actually wrote it three years ago, but I’m thankful that he stayed around for as […]

posted 10 June 2019 in Articles, News, Outside. no comments yet

Voice Rising

Hello citizens of Chapel Hill! I will be in your fair city on this Tuesday, May 22nd, as part of the “Voice Rising” series at Flyleaf Books. There’ll be a small bevy of authors reading brand-new work: me, Rowan Chand, Jane Falkner, and Sara Oechsle. And we’ll be answering questions afterwards. (Flyleaf will also have […]

posted 20 May 2018 in News. no comments yet

We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful

Contra Morrissey, I am delighted to say that I am ecstatic to have a whole mess of writer friends who are kicking ass in various ways. You may know the name of Alan Schwarz from the New York Times, where he did extraordinary work on concussions in sports (especially football) and their aftereffects, which got […]

posted 29 August 2016 in News. no comments yet

R.I.P. Darwyn Cooke, 1962-2016

I was very sad to hear of the passing of the hugely talented comics creator Darwyn Cooke, struck down by cancer. Every page I ever saw that was drawn by him crackled with life and wit; he was also a gifted writer who had a knack for making complicated stories come alive in far fewer […]

posted 15 May 2016 in News. no comments yet

R.I.P. Scott Weiland 1967-2015

At some point in the mid-90s, I turned down the chance to interview Stone Temple Pilots: I had already written too many profiles of heroin addicts, and right then, I couldn’t listen one more time to stories of the drug and its inevitable toll on human lives. A decade later, I ended up spending a […]

posted 4 December 2015 in News, Uncategorized. 1 comment