me on Whatever’s “The Big Idea” discussing A Furnace Sealed

I Was All Over The Internet On Friday But Didn’t Post About It Until Sunday Night Because I Was At Farpoint Part 3:

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John Scalzi has a wonderful feature called “The Big Idea,” where he lets authors wax rhapsodic about their work, and on Friday, he let me have a go, as I went on at great length about how great the Bronx is and how it inspired me to write the newly released A Furnace Sealed.

An excerpt:

The Bronx has a long and fascinating history. It also has an image problem, as the only image most folks can conjure is the South Bronx forty years ago. Fort Apache, the Bronxwas released in 1981, Howard Cosell famously said, “Ladies and gentlemen, the Bronx is burning” during the World Series in 1977, and all too often when I tell people I live in the Bronx, they think it’s still like that. “Do you carry a knife?” (I used to carry a Swiss Army Knife, but post-2001 airport security has gotten me out of that habit.) “Is it safe where you live?” (Very.) “Are you the only white people?” (No, and also, even if we were, so the hell what?)

But the Bronx has Little Italy (the real one, not the tourist trap in lower Manhattan), the aforementioned Bronx Zoo, City Island (a New England-style fishing village off the east coast of the borough full of great seafood and adorable crafts stores), several huge parks, the New York Botanical Gardens, Woodlawn Cemetery (where many famous personages from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Miles Davis to Fiorello LaGuardia are buried), the Bronx Museum of the Arts, several great universities (Fordham University, Manhattan College, Mt. St. Vincent, etc.), and very soon an independent bookstore, the Lit. Bar. It’s where Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life and where break-dancing and hip-hop were born. Alan Alda, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Neil deGrasse Tyson are all from the Bronx. And there’s so much more besides.

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2 thoughts on “me on Whatever’s “The Big Idea” discussing A Furnace Sealed

  1. Caught the piece on Scalzi’s blog. I bought the book on Amazon and read it yesterday – I really enjoyed it. I think the character and the world share a soul with the Dresden Chronicles, and that’s pretty high praise. I was hoping for a little more protracted resolution, but the character work was really nice and you definitely nailed the location. Looking forward to the next story already!

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