Sweet, Elusive Home,"
"Lost In New Orleans," in the Tenth Anniversary
Southern Music Issue of the
A new introduction to D.H. Lawrence's
A contribution to "Dirty
Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex"
60: A Tour of New Mexico and Arizona,"
"Shock and Awww," a review of Rudolf' Delson's "Maynard and Jennica," in the New York Times.
-"Swiss Tryst: One couple takes to Switzerland's magic mountains with Thomas Mann's novel in hand," in Travel and Leisure Magazine, July 2007.
-"The Peculiar Pleasure of Earplugs," in Slate.com
-"Lost, In Translation," in The New York Times.
-Spring Readings 2007:
The University of Arizona Prose Series is pleased to announce a reading with Thomas Beller, Thursday, March 29th, 2007.
The University of Virginia, Thursday, April 19th, 2007.
-"The End of Innocence: Jackie Earle Haley
Steps Out Of The Shadows," in Film
- 2007 brings two new essays in two new anthologies:
Kinks at the Garden, 1981," in
"The Show I'll Never Forget: 50 Writers Relive Their Most Memorable
-"That Night at the Garden," an essay about a Kinks concert in 1981, shoplifting, police violence, and some other things, in The New York Times City Section, front page, November 26th, 2006. Adopted from a longer essay (see above.)
-The Debris of the Visible, a review of "In The Shadow of Angkor: Contemporary Writing from Cambodia," in the Cambodia Daily.
of a Salesman," an essay about Egg-Creams, street vending, and high
school set in 1982, in Gourmet magazine's August summer reading supplement.
The author read an excerpt on Public Radio International's "The Splendid
(You need Real Player). For the extremely curious, a podcast interview
about the writing of the essay set at Gem
Spa, while sipping a vanilla Egg-Cream, on Gourmet's website, here.
-Robert Birnbaum interviews Thomas Beller here.
-A review of Edmund White's "My Lives," in the Voice, here.
-"Foreign Exchange," a review of two new story collections in the New York Times, here.
-On May 22nd, 2006, PEN America presented the PEN/Robert Bingham Award for best first book of fiction in 2005 to "We're in Trouble," by Chrisopher Coake. The judges this year are Victoria Redel, Heidi Julavits, and Thomas Beller.
can write his butt off."
supremely enjoyable collection of essays written in clear, often very
since I first read Joseph Mitchell have I felt so vividly and beautifully
transported to the streets of New York. Thomas Beller is a chronicler
of his own life but also of the life of the city, and there's a quality
of unbridled curiosity to his work which
make his essays shimmer with comedy and insight and exuberance. I absolutely
loved this book."
best sections of his book . . . call to mind Raymond Carver in their clarity
of language and subdued emotion. A fine collection of essays that will
resonate with many."
enjoyably mature read."
Beller's smooth prose and insightful analyses will appeal to fans of good
show how to be a man so much as a mensch."
quite marvelous and darkly hilarious personal essays derive their power
from a shameless honesty, often about the most shameful moments, which
suddenly reveal a luminous upside in the author's comic retelling. Together
they give us a privileged view of how curiously attenuated and winding,
for many a young American male, is the long march to maturity."
meticulous sentence is a crooked finger that lures the reader deeper into
his darkly funny world."
Editors' Choice: New York Times Book Review, Amazon.com
Table of Contents
Manhattan Ate My Car (read)
The Costume Party
Mother Goes to Hollywood (read)
The Birthday Suit
Portrait Of The Bagel As AYoung Man
The Problem with T-Shirts
A Biker in the City
Turtles In New York
Addicted To Love
The Last Days of Shakespeare & Company (read)
Scenes From a Playground
A Bike Messenger in the City
A Car Is Not A Castle
Walking The Dog
The Floating Armoire