Total Oblivion

"A fast-paced, suspenseful dystopian picaresque, part Huck Finn and part bizarro-world Swiss Family Robinson..."



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Skinny Dipping

Long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Crawford Award. Title short story listed for the 2000 O. Henry award.

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On the Minnesota Book Awards

I wasn’t able to find a place to publish this essay about the Minnesota Book Awards and their lack of science fiction and fantasy (or, really, most other genre) works. So I decided to put it up here. Enjoy.   THE MINNESOTA BOOK AWARDS NEED TO BE FIXED by Alan DeNiro   This weekend, the […]

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Thu, February 27 2014 » Fiction, Minnesota » 1 Comment

Do check out my friend David Schwart’s ebook serial novel, entitled Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic: Gooseberry Bluff is not a school for the chosen ones. It’s a school for those who have run out of choices. An unlikely place for an international conspiracy. But after suspicious paranormal signatures are reported and a professor […]

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Mon, February 11 2013 » Fiction, Minnesota » 2 Comments

Delany, Walker Art Center, Saturday

For Twin Cities folks, Rain Taxi is sponsoring a reading by Samuel Delany tomorrow at 2 pm at Walker Art Center. Don’t miss it-you might want to get there a little early.

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Fri, November 14 2008 » Fiction, Minnesota » 1 Comment

Just in case you don’t know

or are living under a rock in the Twin Cities-Dave Schwartz is reading tonight from his new novel, Superpowers at 7pm at Dreamhaven. The book is released-go forth and attend/purchase!

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Thu, June 12 2008 » Minnesota, Uncategorized » No Comments

book sale

To those readers in the Twin Cities, the Animal Humane Society is holding a giant book sale in both their Golden Valley and Woodbury locations. Go forth!

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Fri, February 8 2008 » Minnesota » No Comments

bridge collapse

Just in case anyone is worried, Kristin and I are ok. Can see one end of it from my office window. Just gut wrenching.

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Wed, August 1 2007 » Minnesota » 8 Comments

for the Keillor file

More evidence (elsewhere chronicled here) that few are worse.

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Wed, March 14 2007 » Minnesota » 2 Comments

Heart MPLS library

Yet another reason to love my second office, er, the Minneapolis Central Public library: A Frankenstein exhibit.

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Thu, August 24 2006 » Minnesota » No Comments

Radio Tomorrow

I’ll be on the radio, KFAI, tomorrow around 11:30ish-noonish. That’s 90.3 Minneapolis and 106.7 St. Paul for those in town, OR you can listen online here. I’ll be reading an excerpt from one of my stories and talking about the book. Also, a friendly reminder-I’m reading at Dreamhaven at 6:30 on this upcoming Tuesday!

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Wed, August 23 2006 » Minnesota, Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead » No Comments

Inspired Choice

Leaving aside the quality of American Vertigo itself, having Garrison Keillor review Bernard-Henri Levy is like having a complete tool review a French philosopher.

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Thu, July 20 2006 » Minnesota, Polis » 2 Comments

random notes

1. It’s way too warm today. I love it. Upper 30s should not be “way too warm” but you take what you can get up here. Tomorrow: 41! 2. Had to pull glass out of the puppy’s mouth over the weekend. He also likes tossing the cat toys up in the air with his mouth […]

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Wed, January 25 2006 » Life Studies, Minnesota » 3 Comments

Rain Taxi Auction

Rain Taxi is having an eBay charity auction for their 10 anniversary. Lots of cool advanced reading copies, limited editions, rarities, etc. Check it out here and spread the word for a great magazine.

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Mon, December 5 2005 » Fiction, Minnesota, Poetry » No Comments

Garrison Keillor is a THRONE OF LIES!

Garrison Keillor is not a “great guy”. Which means that he’s quintessentially “Minnesota Nice.” The smugness of his god-awful radio show is really only a symptom of a deep paranoia about what the Upper Midwest ought to be; that is to say, as non-offensive as possible. This is why the NPR-ization of literature-particularly poetry here-is […]

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Thu, September 15 2005 » Minnesota, Poetry » 5 Comments


I take the neck from the loon, breaking it, and then we depart for the lamb’s cholera moon. In my under-things, we row above the midnight state of ambiguous folk scenes. We watch the canoes stop at the falls to sell their podium glues. Through moose ether tolls peace’s stud fee. Nothing is dangerous here. […]

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Tue, May 17 2005 » Minnesota, Poetry » 2 Comments