An Offer For Parents Of A Child With Tourette Syndrome

Hi all, I’m going to spend the rest of December sending hand-written letters to kids with Tourette’s. If you have a child with Tourette Syndrome, and you think a note from me could be a good thing, please contact me and provide: A mailing address The child’s name and age Tell me something about the […]

December 6, 2013 READ MORE →

Worst Christmas Song Part Five

Hey all, it’s that time of year again. Each December on the blog I’ve taken nominations for the worst Christmas song you think of. It can be old, new, pop, traditional, whatever. It just has to set your teeth on edge. I say this as someone who loves a lot of Christmas music. I could listen to […]

December 5, 2013 READ MORE →

NPR’s Best Books of 2013

Hi all, just learned that The World’s Strongest Librarian selected as one of NPR’s Best Books of 2013. How cool is that? I’ve been looking at the other books, and I remain both a- and bemused that I find myself in such august company. On the reading front, I’ve been enjoying Jonathan Tropper’s This Is […]

December 4, 2013 READ MORE →

Goodreads Results!

Hi all, the Goodreads results came out today. The World’s Strongest Librarian came in third in the voting, so thank you for the support! My book–and all the other memoirs–got absolutely stomped by I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban. Malala had over 32,000 votes. The […]

December 3, 2013 READ MORE →

Elevators Of Fury! AKA: An Adorable Fistfight

Warning: Details have been changed to ensure maximum hilarity. This may have actually happened. I can’t be sure. But I wrote this bit of semi-fiction down just in case. The noises of fussing began twenty feet below me, then louder, louder, until the elevator doors opened and here they were, two man-sized creatures doing their […]

December 2, 2013 READ MORE →

Perhaps The Best Tourette’s Question Yet

This Sunday past, I was taking a cab home from the airport at 1 AM. The driver asked for my address, shook my hand, and told me that he was from Pakistan. He likes driving a cab here, because the roads are so nice compared to Pakistan. As we talked, I was having small tics. […]

November 30, 2013 READ MORE →

First Bookless Library Opens In San Antonio: A Few Thoughts

Some Background on this piece: I heard about the Bexar County Digital Library earlier this year and wrote the following, which I never published. Now the library has actually opened, which you can read about here. Someone on Twitter asked what I thought about it, so I thought I’d go ahead and just publish the […]

November 27, 2013 READ MORE →

A Poignant Response To Books Vs E-books, Courtesy of Will Schwalbe

On Sunday I was on a panel called The Power of Books at the Miami Book Fair. My co-panelists were Will Schwalbe, author of The End Of Your Life Book Club, and Dani Shapiro, who has written too many wonderful things to list. Her most recent is Still Writing: The Pleasures And Perils of a Creative Life.  Will […]

November 26, 2013 READ MORE →

Dancing With Brian Boitano! Spanked by Amy Tan! Taken Down A Notch by Dave Barry! Rock Bottom Remainders Recap.

I spent last week in Miami at the book fair. The highlight, which will surprise no one who reads this blog, was that I got to perform on stage with the Rock Bottom Remainders. RBR is an all-author band. When I started writing seriously about ten years ago, I made a goal. It wasn’t money, […]

November 25, 2013 READ MORE →