Speaking of podcasts, I talked with writer/editor Dan Higgins about Shader for hew new Dan Reads Books podcast. I had fun digging into discussions on writing, the retrospective voice, interviewing family members for research, … Continue readingListen to me speak on the Dan Reads Books podcast.
Dudes, there are two chapters from Shader up on The Brooklyn Rail website. Check them out. One is from high school and another is from Camden.
Your one-stop shopping page for all things Shader is up on the website. Go to danielnester.com/shader, check out the blurbs from Paul Lisicky, Darcey Steinke, and Billy Squier, and click the ordering … Continue readingBlurbs and jacket copy on new Shader page!
The new book, Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects, doesn’t come out officially until November 15, but it’s available for pre-order now on … Continue readingShader is now available for pre-order on Amazon!
Anything addressed to me seemed more important. Or at least personalized. And so I filled out any pre-paid postcard I found that would send something free in return. Each day … Continue readingNotes on Mail
Several lifetimes ago, I was an ardent Catholic. I was an altar boy, a church janitor’s helper, a bible reader. I prayed every night and went to confession and defended … Continue readingJust up on Medium’s Human Parts: “The Long Good Friday.”
I loved writing news features. This one was actually for the Rutgers-Camden magazine, I think? It was also a press release, and then it ran in various freebie papers … Continue reading“He plays music by the book”: article on Adrian Butler, Rutgers-Camden pianist and library staffer.
For 20 years, I read the Courier Post, and now I’m in its opinion pages. That’s pretty cool. What’s also cool is I got to offer my opinion–and, hopefully, move a … Continue readingJust out in Courier-Post: My Op-Ed on proposed Martin Luther King memorial in Maple Shade, NJ.
I am typing these words on an IBM Model M, a behemoth beast of a keyboard that has a solid steel plate inside. For the past fifteen years, I have … Continue readingJust up on Passages North: “Type Hard or Go Home: In Praise of the Clicky Keyboard.”
A couple months I got an email, subject line “Your Writing in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness.” It said my writing was being considered for inclusion in an … Continue readingJust out in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s The Power of Forgiveness: “Flag Waving for Beginners.”
I would bike up to grandmom and grandpop’s house on Mecray Lane, a half-mile uphill past Harry’s Cleaners and Tony’s Barber Shop. A Roosevelt Democrat museum of blue collar thrift, … Continue readingMecray Lane
I scanned a bunch of old articles I did for the Rutgers-Camden Gleaner yesterday, and boy oh boy are these things bad. Bad in a undergraduate, couldn’t-write-any-better way, a clueless, … Continue readingIn which I review a 1987 R.E.M. concert for the Rutgers-Camden Gleaner.
This time last year, I walked by the old Bung Factory on Jefferson Street. I was on my way to my favorite bar with a box full of gourds. My … Continue readingOn bung holes, the bung factory, and on being called a bung hole. With Jimmy Fallon cameo.
Side One: Hüsker Dü, “Broken Home, Broken Heart” Joy Division, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” R.E.M., “South Central Rain (I’m Sorry)” Ready For The World, “Oh Sheila” Chi-Lites, “Oh Girl” … Continue reading1985: Mix Tape, TDK Chrome 90 Minutes
I wanted to escape to New York. Hiding out in Philly would have to do. My main hangout, besides cheap bars like Dirty Frank’s and McGlinchey’s, was TLA Video, where Kieron … Continue readingPhiladelphia: Ruby in Paradise, 1993