Riffle through the myriad scribblings of James Black: literary fiction, memoirs, editorials about what rankles or titillates him, essays, & scores of poems. Here by mistake? Exciting pornography awaits on almost every other website—mash your palm into the keypad, add “.com”, & watch the magic.
Negative Space: Tacked awkwardly onto the end of a long-unopened file, ten years after writing it, I unearthed the first fiction I ever created. Strangely, I don’t hate it.
Reveal the Best of Me: How my cat twice saved my life. Featuring ODs, suicide attempts, a broken engagement, mass betrayal, & phantom limb pain.
Check, Please!: How to Dine Out, with plenty of examples of How Not to Dine Out. Begun in ’04, when I was 7½ years in; edited in ’08, after 12; finished in ’11, soul-dead in year 15.
Good Jeans: Written as a series of eulogies, & making any number of jokes at the expense of Schindler’s List, this is, no joke, about the difficulty of finding & keeping hold of a killer pair of jeans.
In This Twilight: On my fifteen-year, intensely intimate yet simultaneously non-existant relationship with Trent Reznor.
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