New Story: “The Creature from Flathead Lake”

My story “The Creature from Flathead Lake” is in the new issue of Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal.  This piece was inspired by the movie “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.” This movie has been bouncing around in my brain for years. As proof of my obsession, here is a picture of my son helping me put…

Why Visual Art Keeps Invading My Fiction

I rebelled by being conventional, by NOT going to art school. The product of three generations of visual artists, I studied Political Science, then moved from California to Washington, D.C. for internships. I wore ties. I went to press briefings. Of course, this lead to a quarter-life crisis to which my mom said, “The problem is you’re…

Charles Varani is O.U. Levon: Ken Kesey’s Co-author Talks about Their Year Writing Together and How Kesey Yearned for the Technology We Have Today

During the academic year of 1987-1988, Ken Kesey taught a graduate-level creative writing class of thirteen students at the University of Oregon. He charged the group with producing a full-length novel in one school year, which they did, publishing Caverns under the name O.U. Levon (Novel University of Oregon backwards) in 1990. It is my intent to…

Ken Kesey and O.U. Levon

During the academic year of 1987-1988, Ken Kesey taught a graduate-level creative writing class of thirteen students at the University of Oregon. He charged the group with producing a full-length novel in one school year, which they did, publishing Caverns under the name O.U. Levon (Novel University of Oregon backwards) in 1990. It is my intent to…

Cherokee Rose of Naked Girls Reading D.C.

At a time when many are talking about the decline of reading, Cherokee Rose has begun a reading series in DC that regularly draws a crowd. She is the producer of Naked Girls Reading DC.  She is also a performer.  I attended her most recent show and afterward sent her some questions about her show.…