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Mission at Tenth Publishes Excerpt from My Memoir of Madness

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Writing is hard; mostly you fail.  What you think is passable meets constant rejection.  It gets a bit much.  This is why so many writers have memoirs of madness in them.  Mission at Tenth, published by California Institute of Integral Studies, located right here in Fog City, which I think is a way of referring   …Continue Reading


Storyville Chooses “The Golem” for Story of the Week

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Storyville, an app that brings a story from a published collection each week to its subscribers, has chosen “The Golem,” from Fire Year, for its story of the week.  Check it out at http://storyvilleapp.com/.


Out in Print Reviews Fire Year

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Thanks, David Pratt, for the kind words in the gay book review blog Out in Print. http://outinprintblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/fire-year-jason-a-friedman-sarabande-books/


Rukkle Puts Fire Year Atop Top 10 Summer Reading List

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As much as I want everyone to read my book, even I wouldn’t go so far as to call Fire Year beach reading.  But I’m happy that the gay “distraction” site Rukkle did. http://rukkle.com/features/best-gay-books-summer-2014/    


New York Times Publishes My Opinionator Draft Piece

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This is a story about unpublished books and digital second lives.  Check it out at this link: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/14/the-book-that-didnt-exist/


Jewish Book Council Reviews Fire Year

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They even read it twice.  Check out the review at this link: http://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/book/fire-year


Fire Year Chosen as Finalist for Lambda Literary Awards

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The Lammys are the LGBT literary prizes, and Fire Year is a finalist in the Gay General Fiction category.  Thank you, Lamba Literary Foundation!  Half the finalists are books of stories, which attests to the strength of short stories these days–and the willingness of publishers to publish them. http://bit.ly/1iqpLpb


Los Angeles Review of Books Reviews Fire Year

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I’m humbled by the attention, brainpower, and erudition Douglas Ray brought to the task of reviewing my book for this classy publication.  The piece is as much explication de texte as review, and it taught me a thing or two about my own work. http://lareviewofbooks.org/review/kosher-hushpuppies-douglas-ray-reviews-jason-k-friedmans-fire-year


Minneapolis Star Tribune Reviews Fire Year

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen my pores as up close as here, but I’m happy the reviewer chose “All the World’s a Field” as his favorite story.  The other six were already other people’s favorites; this was the last one waiting to be claimed.  Very interesting, though, the way people feel obliged to choose   …Continue Reading


Eckleburg Review Features Fire Year

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The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review is a supercool journal published out of my alma mater, Johns Hopkins. http://bit.ly/1aHJfeO