A few recent articles of note:

OUR FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2014: NEWSWEEK STAFF PICKS — NEWSWEEK, DECEMBER 3, 2014

A nightmarish book that’s tough to read but tougher to quit reading halfway through.

The kind folk at Newsweek magazine select SHOVEL READY as a favorite read of 2014.


SHOVEL READY, BY ADAM STERNBERGH: A REVIEW — NATIONAL POST, FEBRUARY 11, 2014

As with almost all science fiction, SHOVEL READY is not an attempt to foresee the future but rather a way of allegorically exploring those experiences of the recent past which still baffle and sting.

This piece, by Jeet Heer, is more than just a review: It's a very smart essay on notions of the future, the role of the private eye, and how dystopian visions of the future tell us about the lingering anxieties of today. 


ON THE GLEEFUL DYSTOPIA OF SHOVEL READYLOS ANGELES TIMES, JANUARY 14, 2014

Do you have a secret desire to see the city destroyed?

A really fun Q&A with Carolyn Kellogg of the L.A. Times.


The whole genre-crossbreeding topic is one I have lots of thoughts and feelings about, some of which are probably not yet fully matured into non-ranty form.

In which the large-brained Lev Grossman, author of the Magicians trilogy (The Magicians; The Magician King; The Magician's Land) agrees to tolerate my rambling theories, then counter them with actually well-thought-out and fascinating ideas about writing.


BOOKSHOTS: SHOVEL READY — LIT REACTOR, JANUARY 14, 2014

Let’s just forget for a moment that from a brief Google, Sternbergh presents like Lena Dunham in a jock strap

As noted above, this review refers to me as "Lena Dunham in a jock strap," which is now on my business cards.