My Grandfather’s Imposter

The Explorer’s Club headquarters fill a five-story Jacobean townhouse on East 70th Street in Manhattan. The inside looks lifted from the opening scenes of an Indiana Jones movie: Wood panels, stuffed leopards snarling, mounted expedition flags, and photographs of triumphant explorers line the walls. Founded in 1904, the Club has twenty-six chapters all over the world. To become a full-fledged member, you must “carry out or assist in field science expeditions to study unknown or little known destinations or phenomena in order to gain knowledge for humankind.”

Bearded Oklahoma for Oklahoma Today Magazine

Oklahoma is one of the country’s most beard-friendly states. The American Mustache Institute, a St. Louis-based group advocating for the rights of mustachioed Americans since 1965, ranked Oklahoma City the nation’s fourth-most facial-hair-friendly metro. They achieved this humorous ranking using data like monster truck ownership and the number of nightclubs admitting adult males wearing tank tops. Tulsa wasn’t far behind at number 32 out of 100. Humor notwithstanding, in recent years, beards have become as common on men as whiskers on a walrus.

The &Now Awards 3 Anthology piece out now

The &NOW AWARDS 3: The Best Innovative Writing 
edited by Megan Milks 

Audible version of AMERICAN OUTLAWS

AMERICAN OUTLAWS is now available as an audiobook. I have review copies if anyone is interested in hearing it.

Amy McGirk at Circuit12 Contemporary in Dallas

Amy McGirk is in a group show called HUMAN OCCULT POWERS at Circuit 12 Contemporary in Dallas

News Mention in the GS Owl (Alumni Magazine for Columbia GS)

https://gs.columbia.edu/files/gs/The-Owl-2014-columbia-general-studies-alumni-magazine_1.pdf

Amy McGirk featured on 108Contemporary

An interview with my wife, Amy McGirk on 108Contemporary’s website

William Gibson Probes his Southern Roots

William Gibson is a magpie and a seer. His father poured concrete for the foundations of hidden military installations while he hoarded fragments of a future he hoped would scoop him from the sticks and deliver him a life worthy of his probing, greedy brain. Gibson moved to Canada to dodge the draft, became a grad student, then a writer—a cyberpunk, writing hard-boiled, media-savvy stuff that thumbed its nose at fat boring space operas starring silver-suited princelings.

 

 

Beauty, Purpose, and Preservation

Contemporary art can be strange and frightening for the uninitiated…

New Work in THIS LAND PRESS / Readings

BEAUTY AND PURPOSE: James McGirk traces the stylistic evolution of Native American art through the history of Bacone College. 

TAHLEQUAH WRITER’S CLUB: Guest speaker, 11/15/2014

BUMPKINITIS 12: Guest reader, 11/21/2014

NSU VISITING WRITR SERIES: opening reader for Luc Goebel, 12/05/2014