|Contributor since:||September 2009|
I'm lucky, having spent my youth on the triple itinerant habits of moviewatching, note-taking and opinion-spewing, and now decades later these are more or less the same activities that earn me mortgage and beer money. I've written and sold just about anything you could name that's made of sentences, including obituaries, limericks, memoirs, interviews with starlets one-third my age, dirty-shirt satire, TV pilots, manifestos, confessional poetry, book criticism, travel guides, and straight-on movie reviews, by the thousands. This includes a new novel from St. Martin's Press, HEMINGWAY DEADLIGHTS, the first in a series. I do not expect to be loved by everyone.
I'm Known For...
What Ed Park has called "two-fisted film reviewing."
My Current Project
After HEMINGWAY DEADLIGHTS, a third Hemingway novel, a TV pilot, a trilogy about a library moon, three screenplays, and that's just this quarter.
My Greatest Achievement
Getting my wife to marry me.
My Biggest Regret
My 20s. Mostly shot.
I Truly Respect
Moments I'd Like To Forget
The ones I wasted trying to answer this question.
How I Pay For This Wardrobe
Look at how I dress and you'll know.
Blocks I've Been Around
The TV development circus and the New York film-crit fishtank, and I could tell you a thing or two.
Things That Really Happened
I'm the only writer in America to have had work selected for both a BEST AMERICAN POETRY annual and a BEST AMERICAN MOVIE WRITING.
Where I'd Like To Be 10 Years From Now
I am free.
My Other Website
Blogging at www.zeroforconduct.com. And www.mike-atkinson.com.
What I'm Currently Addicted To...
Procrastination, via thinking up new projects.
This Is Annoying Me...
Blind ignorance. Especially if it has a gun and prays.
This Is Making Me Worry...
Everything. But not too much.
This Is Bringing Me Joy...
The Belgian brewing industry.
I'm Running From...
Wolves, in my dreams.
This Is Helping Me Create...
Pressure from above.
This Is Making Me Think - Hard...
This Makes My Teeth Itch
It's not really an itch, more of a tickle, on the inside...
Can't Do Without
Mencken. Orwell. Vidal. Hitchens. Even when they're ridiculously wrong.
My Most Awkward Moment
My Secret Ambition
All of my ambitions are public.