Michael Simon Is Psychotic and Jewish

Dearest Slacker Nation:

How are you today?

Life has been crazy for me of late.

Freelance work is going well. Dancing with a few high profile magazines, but still too early to get excited. Editors and their deadlines rattling at my cage. No Thumbsucker to speak of, sadly. And a three day vacation (escape?) to New Jersey (New Jersey?) on Friday.

All that and I received a lovely response from Michael Simon on my previous post:

I did read a few of the Preacher comics as well as one 87th Pct. book while I was working on the Reles series.

I loved what you said about my work. I’ll be adding your blog to the top of my Links page as soon as I can remember how to do that. I never thought the words “unknown writer” would sound so flattering. And I particularly like being compared to Elmore Leonard, only more psychotic and Jewish. I don’t know if that describes me or the books, but either way, I’ll use it as a pull quote.

Many thanks, and good luck with your book.

Michael Simon

I knew I liked the guy.

Keep on.


About J. R. Angelella

J. R. Angelella is the author of the popular debut novel ZOMBIE: A NOVEL (Soho Press) and a contributing author to the murder-mystery anthology WHO DONE IT? (Soho Teen), benefiting the nonprofit organization 826NYC. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Sou’wester, JMWW, The Collagist, Literary Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal and The Nervous Breakdown. His short story “Sauce” won the 2012 Short Story Contest held by The Coachella Review. He received a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He taught creative writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and currently teaches professional writing at the University of Maryland at College Park. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, the writer Kate Angelella.
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