Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The First Book of Mine Coming out This Year

Now, obviously, I have a large photo of the draft jacket of my upcoming memoir, TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL, as a banner here on the blog. The memoir will be out by the summer, published by HBH Press.

But before TOO COOL, I have an exciting anthology I edited coming out from TNB Books, the publishing arm of the acclaimed literary Web site, The Nervous Breakdown

Publication date is June 9, 2012. That's officially still we are on track!

See our facebook page at and be sure to "like" the book!

Many essays of mine may be found on The Nervous Breakdown, along with the work of some of our anthology contributors. (This anthology is new and exclusive work, for the most part, and no, you can't read these essays anywhere else.)

“Subverting timeworn clich├ęs about beauty, this book delivers a fresh exploration of everything from body art and big noses to musical ‘perfection’ and misguided parenting. It’s a stunning, unforgettable collection.”
—Diana Spechler, author of Who By Fire and Skinny

A Collection of Essays, Poems & Art
Edited by Elizabeth Collins
Publisher: TNB Books, June 9, 2012
258 pp.
Trade paperback: ISBN 978-0-9828598-4-1
Price: $14.99

THE BEAUTIFUL ANTHOLOGY is an exciting new collection of essays, stories, poems and art, created by writers from around the world all responding to the essential question: What is beauty?

This endlessly entertaining, touching, shocking, and thought-provoking new work should change minds about what is truly beautiful.  Is beauty to be found in a tattoo, in a scar, or in being clean after years of drug abuse? Is a tennis serve beautiful? Is contemporary architecture beautiful—or hideous? Is there beauty in urinal design, or in the foot of a poor, young Thai man?

THE BEAUTIFUL ANTHOLOGY features the work of well-known and emerging authors alike, including: Robin Antalek, author of The Summer We Fell Apart; Jessica Anya Blau, author of Drinking Closer to Home and The Summer of Naked Swim Parties; Greg Olear, author of Totally Killer and Fathermucker; J.E. Fishman, author of Primacy; Lance Reynald, author of Pop Salvation; Gina Frangello, author of Slut Lullabies and My Sister’s Continent; Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart; Victoria Patterson, author of This Vacant Paradise and Drift; and Ronlyn Domingue, author of The Mercy of Thin AirOther contributors: Matthew Baldwin, Nora Burkey, Elizabeth Collins, Rich Ferguson, M.J. Fievre, Marni Grossman, James D. Irwin, Quenby Moone, Uche Ogbuji, Rachel Pollon, Judy Prince, Stephanie St. John, Steve Sparshott, Tyler Stoddard Smith, Catherine Tufariello, Angela Tung, Stephen Walter, and Zoe Zolbrod.

Please spread the word and visit Amazon soon to pre-order or buy a copy of BEAUTIFUL. It is a very entertaining book--and I should know, since I've read it about 100 times already.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Maybe Your Dad IS One of America's Three Top Writers

I have long believed that Nick Flynn's memoir title, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, is the best book title I have ever read or heard of.

The best

I love it completely.

Turns out that the title comes from a line his homeless dad used to describe what life is like on the streets. 

It also turns out that Jonathan Flynn (the dad) has believed for perhaps decades that he is one of America's best writers (along with J.D. Salinger and Mark Twain).  

See this NPR article for in-depth coverage of how Nick Flynn reunited with his long-lost dad, and what he learned, and director/screenwriter Ted Weitz's film, Being Flynn, based on the book Another Bullshit Night...

Maybe Jonathan Flynn is indeed a great writer.  He wrote a great book title (however accidentally), that's for sure.

Photo, still from "Being Flynn" by David Lee, Focus Features

I finally got Flynn's 2004 memoir (which I can read after I finish two book reviews). Perhaps the timing is perfect, as Weitz's new film, starring Robert DeNiro as Jonathan Flynn, is just coming out. It's called Being Flynn

I can't wait to see it. 

Good luck to all the Flynns. I am glad to know of your hard-won and long-in-coming success, and congratulations on the acclaim (multiplied now, because of the film) you will get for daring to share your painful stories. 

I think it's so important to share stories, and the more painful the story is, the more useful it can be to humanity. After all, as Jonathan Flynn aptly noted, that's the most important thing in life: helping other people.