About the Author

William J. Cobb is a novelist, essayist, and short fiction writer whose work has been published in The New Yorker, The Mississippi Review, The Antioch Review, and many others. He’s the author of The Fire Eaters (1994), The White Tattoo (2002), Goodnight, Texas (2006), The Bird Saviors (2012), and most recently, The Lousy Adult (2013). He has reviewed books for the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, and the New York Times. He teaches writing at Penn State, lives in Pennsylvania and Colorado, and may be contacted at wjcobb@gmail.com.

The masthead image is a view of the Grand Tetons (one of my favorite places) from a scenic overlook on Highway 26, east of the Moran Junction area. What I like about this view: When you reach this spot, you’re almost there.

2 Responses to About the Author

  1. williamjcobbNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks so much for the kind words, Hilary! It’s been forever, hasn’t it? Back in the day I lived in Kerrville and worked at The Yellow Ribbon restaurant, which I imagine isn’t there anymore, but spent most of my time at Marla’s in Comfort, Texas. Yes, the Tea Party hoopla & idiocy has me worked up, in that it sometimes seems the Brainless are trying to take over the government. I’m contributing here and there to campaigns, but only in small increments, and of course will vote, and try to fight for sanity. Pennsylvania probably seems more liberal at the moment than the Texas Hill Country, but I’d say both are probably about the same in the long run, only Penn State (which is like U.T.) is in a small town, and influences it greatly, as opposed to U.T., in the city setting of Austin. If you’re ever in State College, I’ll take you to dinner. We have a nice home here and split time between here and a small mountain town in Colorado, which we adore. Best Wishes, Bill

  2. williamjcobbNo Gravatar says:

    I have my criticisms of Obama, but mainly they lie in him being not as liberal as I’d like. The health care reform (“Obamacare” is a term best used by idiots like Glenn Beck) enacted during his first term is a step in the right direction, even though it’s been diluted by conservative comprises, like nixing the option of having the same healthcare that Congress gets. This hooey about it being a “total disaster” is something you hear on Fox News, the rightwing propaganda machine.

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