New Work

May 23, 2008

If you’re in Brooklyn or the vicinity, please do try to check this out:

Sunday, June 8

7:00 pm —         Freebird Books & Goods. 123 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231. Reading/talk with Jim Shepard and Joshua Furst. (if nice weather will be in back garden of the store!).

I’ll be reading a new story very much in the Jim Shepard vein.


Reading at the National Arts Club on November 9th!

October 27, 2007

I’ll be giving one final new York City reading in conjunction with the Sabotage Cafe hardcover release. And it’s a big one! If you haven’t been to one of my readings yet, or even if you have, please do try to come to this one! And pass the word along to friends if you can! Here’s the info:

Friday, November 9th – 7:00 pm

The National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South

Joshua Furst

Porochista Khakpour

Luis Jaramillo

And special guest Rebecca Curtis

Reception to follow
Proper attire required. That means no jeans. Jacket for men.


September 5, 2007

american movie – the making of Northwestern

This clip isn’t Sabotage related, exactly, but it embodies what I feel is the Midwestern Spirit. Such despair. Such fatalism. It’s from American Movie, the great documentary about a Milwaukee filmmaker and his struggle to complete his horror masterpiece.


August 31, 2007

Sabotage Cafe 5 – Disillusionment / Conclusion

This is the final video in the series. Note the Nobody’s Fool logo drawn onto Cheryl’s sweatshirt. You’d almost think they were a real band!


August 27, 2007

The Sabotage Cafe 4 – Where I’m Living Now

Here’s part four of our five part series. In this one, Cheryl gives a tour of the squat in which she lives. It also features music by the Swing Heils, a Westchester punk band–that’s Chris Sweeney, one of my students, on vocals. The concert footage was shot at the legendary ABC No Rio.


August 20, 2007

Sabotage Cafe 3 – New Tattoo

This one is, I think my favorite. Mandy, our actress, riffed her way through it, and she came up with some great stuff. “Tramp stamp.” What a terrifically descriptive phrase.


August 15, 2007

The Sabotage Cafe – Street Level

Here’s video two! The frighteningly doped up guy at the beginning just happened to be walking past. We traded a cigarette for the rights to film him and he left us all feeling desperately sad.