Winter. Snow. Feeding logs into the stove. But the days are beginning to get longer now. Write faster because spring is around the corner.
Just finished THE TWIN POWERS, the sequel to THE TWINNING PROJECT (Clarion).
Still enjoying being Ombudsman at ESPN. If you feel like checking out what I'm doing there, go to ESPN.COM and scroll down to Ombudsman. It's easy to send me a message and comment on what's going on on ESPN.
Meanwhile, Sam Lipsyte's new book of short stories, "The Fun Parts," is still getting rave reviews - in Great Britain now where it's just come out. Janet Maslin in the New York Times called him a "literary rock star." (And I remember when he fronted a noise punk band.)
The sturdy, jovial Daniel Nachumi is babbling and walking toward 2. His mom is my daughter, Susannah, his dad her husband, Ben Nachumi. Daniel joins Alfred (9 years old) and Sylvia (6) on my all-grandkids team (they are out of Sam and his wife, Ceridwen Morris, as we say in horse racing.)
Enough about them.
My memoir, "An Accidental Sportswriter," published two years ago by Ecco/HarperCollins, is in paperback and Kindle.
While you're buying "The Twinning Project," 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.
And don't forget Milo, who arrived from a shelter almost three years ago. He's about 9 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.
At a wedding on his ranch in Southern California in March, met Bruce Brown, grand-father of the gorgeous bride, Gabrielle Brown Partie (she married Lois' godson, Jordan Partie). In 1966, Bruce made "The Endless Summer," a documentary that changed the East Coast's idea about surfing. Just re-screened the film, and its stands up, beautifully-shot and edited, funny, and smart. No wonder it helped turn a cult sport mainstream. Check it out.
The new year, 2014, looks busy but 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.