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When I interviewed Sean Penn for Powell’s, I did not expect him to have read my book. But not long after I met the actor-turned-author, I discovered he had. He told me it had reminded him of Ed Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang. My hand flew to my heart, like somebody’s old Southern auntie. “Oh my goodness!” I said. “I feel … Read More

Hot Season: The Soundtrack

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What a pleasure it was to create a soundtrack for my debut novel, Hot Season, for Large Hearted Boy, a website dedicated to the connections between literature and music. As I sat down to write this piece, it occurred to me that every chapter of my book had a signature song. So imagine my delight when I discovered that David … Read More

The Women’s March and the Arts: Benediction for the Artist in a Time of War

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Yesterday, *rump had his inauguration parade–though not, apparently, the North Korean-style extravaganza he would have preferred, and apparently not the number of attendees he would have preferred either. Today, over 500,000 women are expected to descend upon D.C., and upon cities around the country as well, to protest his policies. Needless to say, it’s strange to be watching all of … Read More