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When my correspondents reproach me for tardiness, I can only say that I give as much attention to a letter as I do to anything I write, and I work at least six and sometimes sixteen hours a day.” ~ William S. Burroughs

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Media Inquiries

I am not currently available for any interviews, talks, or readings. You can find everything you need to know about Figuring here and in the book itself.

In an effort to minimize my carbon footprint and maximize my writing time, I am not taking on any new speaking commitments involving travel in the foreseeable future.


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Please do not send PR pitches, press releases, and other promotional materials to this email address — they will not only be discarded but will also cause divine fury in my spirit animal, which is not the response you’re going for anyway.



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