1. Unfettered power. August, 2014.  

     
  2. "See The Sights" August, 2014. 

    Come to the wondrous windy city.

     
  3. Words from Hurray For The Riff Raff’s “St. Roch Blues.” idk it’s just something new. I really shouldn’t be left alone with heart-achey southern blues-folk. but, so g00000d.

     
  4. "Purely Irresistible," August 2014.

    the kind of <3 how to dress well sings about.

     
  5. Now you can buy my book through a sad webmarket! Please visit and leave a lock chained to my website with our names etched in :+)

     
  6. But bae.

     
  7. sorrrrryyyyy guyzzzz :+)

     
  8. i didn’t say anything.

    but i saw it.

     
  9. My copy of Carlson’s The Hotel Eden has arrived. I am going to devour you tomorrow, my pretty. 

    Find a grassy spot, a comfy couch, a pile of puppies to sit on and join us for 24-Hour Bookclub tomorrow!

    Oh. And Ron will be there too. Like, nbd.

     
  10. 24hourbookclub:

    This is the time of year that makes me want to sink my teeth into juicy things; plums and peaches; a crush’s lips; a really, really, very good book with prose as simultaneously poetic and simplistic as those thick emotions we can’t fully express, but that masterful fiction can, somehow.

    On Saturday, June 7th, 24-Hour Bookclub and I will both take a very deep, satisfying bite into an excellent collection of short fiction: Ron Carlson’s The Hotel Eden

    It’s worth explaining how we came to June’s The Hotel Eden

    In college I was fortunate enough to be handed a copy of The Signal, a novel by Carlson that starts out heady with the vague misfortune of a down-on-his-luck, soon-to-be-divorced Wyoming rancher named Mack. As I travelled into his past—deeds Mack himself couldn’t seem to face through his own flashbacks—I became intertwined with a complex character; his morals and his failures and how one seemed to feed the other in an unfair, all-to-common way. 

    Then, about three-quarters of the way through, the novel jumped up. The plot and narrative jolted, bolting into a new state like a kid caught sleeping in class. It became a thriller, a chase, and if Mack could just make it out alive then his purpose, his sense of self and morality and what-is-fucking-right would, for once, win. Boy, this book did a number on me. 

    I expect the same satisfaction from Carlson’s 1998 collection of 12 critically acclaimed short stories. Because Carlson can deliver the reward of sensations that only comes from expertly crafted, complex, downright-joyous-to-read fiction. I cannot express how excited I am to take that first, big, sloppy and juicy bite. 

    MaxDiana and I will be there. Won’t you join us

    We’ll wake up first thing in the morning, crack open our copies of The Hotel Eden, and start tweeting up a storm using our usual #24hourbookclub hashtag. We’ll be looking out for your tweets, too, and reading them between chapters. 

    You can pick up a copy of The Hotel Eden

    • On Amazon or at your local book store if you’re into paper,
    • Or through Kindle if you’re into Kindle.

    I can’t wait.

    -Elaine