Pauls Toutonghi – Evel Knievel Days

Butte, Montana to Cairo, Egypt — in one great leap.

My Time at Hawthornden International Writers’ Retreat

I have written an essay for Lit Hub about my time at Hawthornden Castle, in Spring of this year. The essay is also about the poetry of Sir William Drummond. I’m really happy … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

More How Fiction Works

So, I promised more writing about HOW FICTION WORKS, and here it is. But first, a photo of the kids in the recycling bin. Why not? I‘m writing this while lying … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

How Fiction Works?

The writer Vu Tran read at Powells last night — in support of his new novel, DRAGONFISH. Vu stayed at the house — he’s an old friend of Peyton’s from Iowa — … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · Leave a comment


Late Night Library is an example of technology helping build and expand the imaginative landscape of books. Have you seen it? The podcasts are terrific. The books they choose to discuss are new and … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

TRUE NORTH to be published by Knopf

From the terrific news category — my book, TRUE NORTH, will be published by Knopf in the somewhat near (probably 2016) future. TRUE NORTH tells the true story of the search for … Continue reading

July 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

War and the Vulnerable Image: Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See

One of the most disconcerting outcomes of our technology-saturated lifestyle is the rise of specialized knowledge. Any fact can be summoned from the servers of Wikipedia (located, interestingly enough, in … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Hiatus

So, it’s been over a year and a half since I posted anything of any substance, here — from October 2012 to March 2014. This feels like a long time. … Continue reading

March 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

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