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Going on the Radio

I consider myself a veteran of radio at this point. I have done drive time spots, “phonies,” in-studio meanderings, and pre-recorded, “make me sound good in post” interviews as well (that one was with KAXE in northern Minnesota…it was awesome and you can listen here).

But Thursday I was on KFAI’s “Write On Radio!” started by J. Otis Powell! back in the day, and I was sweaty nervous. It didn’t help that I was to be on the show with one of my favorite writers, period, Charles Baxter. it also didn’t help that Jim Lenfestey read some of Bill Holm’s poems and sounded so much like the late poet that I started to tear up. Finally, it didn’t help that the damn literary calendar was CRAMMED with literary events such that it ate into my segment. Thanks ever so much for making the calendar rock, Rain Taxi. And to think I gave you 25 bucks. (BTW, the calendar is awesome and you can check it out here.)

Luckily, like any writer, when you ask me about my work, I can go and go. Steve McEllistrem, who said he normally does sci-fi and fantasy books, so thoroughly understood what my book was doing that it was like talking with myself. I loved every minute of it. And as Andrea and my mom both commented, I didn’t even say um or ah. AND I managed to make an unabashed pitch for agents to come snap me up. BTW, “unabashed” is the only way to pitch something.

How to Find My Novel: Morris Book Shop

Another in my series of step-by-step videos leading you right to the shelf where my novel awaits…sort of. This time we go to the wonderful Morris Book Shop in Lexington, Kentucky.

New Nonfiction I’ve Written

I’ve published a couple bits of writing lately, one a book review and the other also a review, though of New York City. I am pretty charitable to New York, whose minor characters I found truly riveting, though the plot  line is terrible. Check out the full piece on the wonderful Pajiba.com.

The other piece is in the Star Tribune, a review of Rafael Yglesias’s new novel A Happy Marriage. It was a very difficult piece of writing for me, because I realized if you are going to take a critical stance on someone’s book, good or bad, your own writing better be impeccable. Read my review here.

How to Find My Novel: Magers & Quinn

Welcome to another in my series of instructional videos taking you right to the shelf where my novel awaits. This time we go to the heart of Uptown Minneapolis: Magers and Quinn bookstore. Watch and enjoy, then come on down to Magers on Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 7 p.m. to see me and memoirist Nicole Johns in a reading being billed as “First Books from Unforgettable Voices.”

New review in ForeWord magazine

I’m excited by a new review, really my first national review in print. You can read it online here. Here’s my favorite part:

“Scott Muskin is a very smart writer; each page is packed with literary, cultural, and historical references. Cliches are stood on their heads, metaphors barely kept from bleeding into each other. While his approach isnt inviting, it is truly compelling.”

Also exciting: I’ll be reading with fellow U of M alum Nicole Johns at Magers and Quinn bookstore in Minneapolis on July 12 at 7:00. More to come on THAT, to be sure.