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BlogJanuary-February-March, 2013
An allocation of real estate

Longtime readers of this space have already noticed a change: This "blog" is becoming a quarterly, instead of a bimonthly. In the interest of promoting Zinsky the Obscure, my debut novel scheduled for release on April 15 (and now available for pre-order on Amazon), I need to devote my essay-writing energies to placing those essays on sites that draw eyeballs. More eyeballs than my own site!  

So, let me use this space to link to my debut column for Boston's NPR News Station. It's all about how I found my list of New Year's Resolutions from late 1999. You can also listen to my radio interview. 

Then there's my second essay for Boston's NPR Station. It's called "A Message to Philip Roth's Biographer: Tell Us Something We Don't Know."

I'm now in the same sentence as Philip Roth, thanks to this essay by book critic and literary historian D.G. Myers.

More good news: An excerpt from Zinsky has already found a wider audience, thanks to my friends at Stymie, the literary journal that also published my short story, "(I Dedicate My Life) To Marcus Mercurio, Wherever He May Be."

Before I get off the microphone, I'd be remiss if I didn't cite the marvelous review that Zinsky received from Kirkus Reviews: "A powerful debut, with Dickensian touches in its heartbreaking and occasionally humorous chronicle of the life of a modern young man."

Ilan Mochari is the author of the novel Zinsky the Obscure (Fomite Press). His short stories have appeared in Keyhole, Stymie, Ruthie's Club and Oysters & Chocolate.
Another story received an honorable mention in a Glimmer Train competition. He is a contributor to Cognoscenti, the online magazine for Boston's NPR station. He has a B.A. in English from Yale University.

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