It’s been a year so far that I’ve been reviewing my life at Barrelhouse. Earlier today a piece went up where I gave starred ratings to different ages of my life. Some ages covered are -1, 0, 28, 35, 6, 7, 8, 20, among others. You can read the piece here
If you like that, like I said, I’ve been reviewing my life at that website for a year now, so there are a bunch of those posts. They are all here
I will continue to live my life and review the future as it becomes the present at Barrelhouse, because I like that Led Zeppelin song where Robert Plant shrieks ‘we can still barrelhouse baby on the river-side.’
Also, this year in 2018, I will also be writing essays about other things I have survived for Hobart in a series called Forever Ago. Jan-Dec, on the last day of the month, look for a very serious, and very introspective new essay from yours truly, Bug Smurf, on Hobart dot com, enter into your search bar h-t-t-p-:-h-o-b-a-r-t-p-u-l-p-dot-c-o-m and then hit enter, and just enjoy the party. I’ve given up drinking and now I just lift weights overnight and watch that Ken Burns documentary about the wild wild west.
Today my short story Random Balloons is at Maudlin House. That story will also be in my book of stories, Double Bird, out from them in March, in hardcover. Thank you for reading. Keeps me going. – Bud
I started a tinyletter, will be posting there every work day. follow along here
My memoir work got a write up at Vol. 1 BKLYN yesterday by Jon Lindsey. Check it out here. Also, just wanted to shout that WORK was recently excerpted at New York Tyrant. One of the best parts, when I talk about the lunch truck. Check that out here.
Thank you for reading.
Tyrant Books will be publishing my next novel, Teenager. Pub date is estimated at the very end of 2018/first days of 2019. Beyond excited to have my book come out on Tyrant Books. They’ve published some of the greatest works of contemporary literature – The Sarah Book by Scott McClanahan; Preparations for the Next Life by Atticus Lish; Literally Show Me a Healthy Person by Darcie Wilder … the list goes on and on. Excited to work with Giancarlo DiTrapano. Look for Teenager on the horizon.
“‘The last thing I would ever recommend you do is read a book written by a calm and collected person who is actively refusing to show you how they felt in response to the stimuli of this batshit crazy world.’ The inimitable Bud Smith (WORK, Civil Coping Mechanisms) is on TRUE today—dispensing wisdom on art, death, deserted campgrounds, and not trying to be cool.” – Dina Relles
Read it here
At the end of March, 2018, Maudlin House will be releasing a collection of my short stories called Double Bird. Forty stories. My best ones. All ‘killer’, no ‘filler’, hehehe. 200 plus pages. Most of the stories are something close to the tone of my story Tiger Blood. Double Bird will start out as a limited run hardcover for $23 shipped from the publisher. The pre-order page is up now. Available right here. Thank youuuuuuuu.
I went to CA to visit my family for Thanksgiving. On Saturday morning, my 36th birthday to be exact, we rented a car and drove up to LA, where I met with Brad Listi and did his interview podcast, Otherppl.