It's spring, but there's still some snow on the ground here on Shelter Island, and I expect more at Madison, Wisconsin (April 10) where I'll give the conference keynote at the University's Center for Journalism Ethics and at Boston University (April 19) for Frank Shorr's journalism class. NYU, Syracuse, and Wake Forest are up the road, hopefully in greener days.
Meanwhile, THE TWIN POWERS, the stand-alone sequel to THE TWINNING PROJECT (Clarion), got a mixed review in the NY Times but it's worth reading for the nice things it said:
Sam Lipsyte's new book of short stories, "The Fun Parts," got rave reviews. Janet Maslin in the New York Times called him a "literary rock star." (And I remember when he fronted a noise punk band, Dung Beetle.)
My memoir, "An Accidental Sportswriter," published four years ago by Ecco/HarperCollins, is in paperback and Kindle.
While you're buying "The Twin Powers," and "An Accidental Sportswriter," pick up another great read, "Along the Roaring River: My Wild Ride from Mao to the Met" by Hao Jiang Tian with Lois B. Morris (my wife), and don't forget Sam's latest novel, "The Ask," published by FSG, a New York Times best-seller and one of its best books of 2010.
Since I'm living a double life I should try to separate it out a bit. So...
I'll be using THE LIPSITE page for articles you might enjoy and whatever is currently on my mind about my novel writing life. In the JOCK CULTURE section you'll find pieces about my take on sports. Right now, there's a terrific piece about me by Bryan Curtis, the ace Grantland writer.
The sturdy, jovial Daniel Nachumi will soon turn 3. His mom is my daughter, Susannah, his dad her husband, Ben Nachumi. Daniel joins Alfred (10 1/2 years old) and Sylvia (7) on my all-grandkids team (they are out of Sam and his wife, Ceridwen Morris, as we say in horse racing.)
Alfred is a student at the American Ballet Theater and danced in their Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December, 2014. He was terrific! Next, Snow White in the spring of 2015.
I enjoyed being Ombudsman at ESPN. Wrapped it up Nov. 30. If you feel like checking out what I did there, go to ESPN.COM and scroll down to Ombudsman before they delete it.
Don't forget to go to the website of my wife, Lois B. Morris, and take the free personality test. I did. Learned a lot about myself. Gotta be a book in it!
And then there is Milo, who arrived from a shelter four years ago. He's about 11 years old, a beautiful tri-color (black, white, brown) Cocker Spaniel mixture from Last Chance Animal Rescue. He was named for the protagonist of Sam's book, "The Ask." He's sweet and funny and doesn't eat grandchildren. He might write his own book someday.
There's always time to answer your e-mails. So don't forget to drop me a line. If I don't answer immediately, I'm probably writing.