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Professional time traveler. Keeping it real by making stuff up, most recently DARKTOWN, LIGHTNING MEN, and MIDNIGHT ATLANTA.

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For 7 years I led Curbed Atlanta, until its surprise end last spring. Today I'm excited and honored to announce Urb… https://t.co/afEsgq9eiy
Retweeted by Thomas Mullen @jonfasman Congrats, can't wait to listen!The terrifying takeaway line: "one of America's two major parties was, in effect, acquiring an armed adjunct, like… https://t.co/CGQsQsmzsT
1/27
2021
You get what you pay for. Public health has been chronically underfunded for years, and now Kemp wants to barely in… https://t.co/wA7C2CyI01
1/26
2021
Atlanta Braves ... if you are going to re-brand, how about the Atlanta Hammers?
Retweeted by Thomas MullenRIP Henry Aaron. And for anyone who'd like to learn more about his amazing life, I highly recommend THE LAST HERO by @hbryant42 @JayAGlennie @PaulWaters99 @AbacusBooks Thanks very much! @PaulWaters99 @AbacusBooks Thanks very much! Get some sleep.
1/22
2021
@stephycha I recently made a Chekhov's gun comment to a group that included some, um, non-book people, and someone… https://t.co/tuOmG5lcDTAlso I believe it was the coldest Inauguration Day ever, at least to that point. We were excited but freezing.The other thing is that one of the friends I was with is named Hillary, so every time we called her name because we… https://t.co/snwxOxTZdS28 (!) years ago I volunteered for Clinton's first inaugural. I got to attend the Inauguration itself, which was su… https://t.co/5DBCkEA2cKWhat is this strange emotion I’m feeling? Is it... hope?
1/20
2021
@lauriemuchnick yeah we have gotten embarrassingly into our bird feeder. simple pleasures these days. @robwhart Agreed. Nothing I've written was nearly so annoying and headache-inducing as my time travel subplot in one book. Good luck!
1/19
2021
When your position is both “People who can’t afford to go to college shouldn’t take out loans to do it” and “People… https://t.co/skoE72C82K
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1/17
2021
Crazy to reread the last two grafs of this SI story of the first Pats Super Bowl title by @MikeSilver. Little did w… https://t.co/41FBkHNAHu
1/16
2021
@Curt_Holman He's great. Really nice guy, too! @JedidiahAyres The book is an absolute gem. Expertly written, deeply felt. I liked the movie but the book blew me away.
1/15
2021
@stephycha happy birthday!If you're curious about how new technologies are affecting how we're policed, and what we can do about it, I highly… https://t.co/NLUw6pkUriIt’s a sign of the times that today the president was impeached but because this was expected it kind of feels like a slow news day.
1/14
2021
@JoshGreen1234 That's the one I saw actually. Just wasn't quick enough with my camera. @susanorlean I was kind of with you in the beginning of your tweet but by the middle I'd lost interest and honestly… https://t.co/kyw3aXj5LBSHELLFISH ARE NOT FISH HOT DOGS ARE NOT DOGS HEADCHEESE IS NOT CHEESE TOEJAM IS NOT JAMI love this billboard so much. Its lack of logo or explanation. Its insistence on precision & exactness in language… https://t.co/5XPafQ1tGU
1/13
2021
It was post Civil War calls for unity that led to Jim Crow.
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1/12
2021
In #Washington’s #RedSummer riot of 1919, white mobs gathered right near Congress before going off to attack Black… https://t.co/mBylDUm0ny
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1/11
2021
People, please subscribe to newspapers. We need to fund a media that will be a check on authoritarianism. Support journalism.
1/10
2021
@IainJane1977 Thank you very much!This fun fact can not be repeated enough: Trump is the first president since Hoover (during the Depression!) to, in… https://t.co/E4BJLDvYtf
1/9
2021
@JoshGreen1234 That sucks, man. Feel better! @MejiaWrites You go, twisted writer person.
1/8
2021
A personal 🧵 on yesterday: Yesterday I was driving back to Atlanta from Delray Beach, Florida with my fiancé and En… https://t.co/i6Nj7CRY44
Retweeted by Thomas MullenThat thing where you write a fictional violent coup attempt and think "is this too much?" and then a few short months later...
1/7
2021
I lived in DC during the start of the Iraq War and whenever there was an antiwar protest, militarized cops lined ma… https://t.co/gpQYxwVwD2And calling them deplorables was bad PR.This is America: Not wanting to turn on the news because you don't want to scare your kids.Every person—politician, sycophant, pundit, thug—complicit in this coup should never again have a respectable place… https://t.co/cLbwfBgg12
Retweeted by Thomas MullenSo this is law and order I guess?To review, making your Jewish opponent’s nose bigger in an ad is NOT a winning strategy. Calling someone “radical”… https://t.co/ttLfXwaF3qAnd maybe now the GOP will finally, FINALLY understand that the point is to widen tents, not shrink them? Nah who a… https://t.co/kpy99HgP0gMy wife and I moved to Georgia 12 years ago, not totally sure what to expect. It’s been pretty awesome. Maybe now m… https://t.co/ITDw5B1GaG
1/6
2021
@matthewshaer And back to talking about conservatism like it's a thing that only exists in the South as they conven… https://t.co/I7b0P5myYrHaving lived in NC and now in GA, this comparison between the two seems pretty sound to me. GA *may* have outpaced… https://t.co/qk8m6ENg2DThanks to all the volunteers and activists who have done so much hard work here in Georgia. I hope we win. Even if… https://t.co/3c3uf9Nd8a
1/5
2021
@MattGallagher0 Congratulations, man. Sincerely happy for you guys. @SaneDaysFan Thank you for reading! The US paperback will be out in May.
1/3
2021
@stephycha haven't seen it in so, so long yet I still think of "You're making a mistake" as the single greatest prelude to violence ever.
1/2
2021
@ciodojo @kimlockhartga Thank you very much!
1/1
2020
@MarthaCreedon @lithub Thank you very much! And yes, it’s so strange. I photographed that exact same passage a few… https://t.co/rLAzxGpNGhI had a bootleg tape of this New Year's 1990 U2 concert and listened to it to death when I was a teenager. A lotta… https://t.co/hmFtMPgzft @alexjbooks @littlebrown Thanks very much!
12/31
2020
@stephycha I love his work. If you haven't read The Zero and Citizen Vince, I highly recommend them. My favorites of his. @JoshGreen1234 how were the crowds?Hope everyone gets to curl up with a great book over New Years! 16/16The Abstainer. Apparently, I read a lot of Irish stories this year. Anyway, Ian MacGuire knows how to tell a story.… https://t.co/YaYqry0ZXnThe Cold Millions. If you liked my debut, you’ll love this, set in the same era and area. If you didn’t like my deb… https://t.co/Ax0f2HR8afLeave the World Behind. Wonderfully weird. I don’t tend to love send-ups of the modern upper middle class, but… https://t.co/Wkrq9aw7FCThe Shadow of the Wind. No clue how I missed this one for so long. I read the finale of the series last year, then… https://t.co/Ad1dUWOJ0NBlacktop Wasteland by @blacklionking73. Doing a zoom with him and Attica Locke was one of the few highlights from m… https://t.co/DivtmdV0b9Deacon King Kong. It is so hard to write with such humor and warmth and humanity about issues like race and crime a… https://t.co/fDwIsBhp4ePolice at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly. I finally finished the Sean McDuffy books by @adrianmckinty and… https://t.co/Y7DGqcnFTNBlackwood. So creepy. Makes “Southern Gothic” look quaint. Verges closer to horror than anything I tend to read, bu… https://t.co/W9Hzb1InskInterior Chinatown. Also worth nothing: @charles_yu is a great guy. We once shared drinks and talked about the chal… https://t.co/CYYojCbWztSay Nothing. Trying to encapsulate The Troubles in one book would be impossible, so @praddenkeefe wisely focuses on… https://t.co/yNj5nqd0ZPThe Infinite Blacktop. How had I never read Sara Gran before? This was probably my most mind-blowing read of the ye… https://t.co/r1N3VdzSI0The Sisters Brothers. What a great voice. Solid story, fun characters, but it was just a joy to read. 4/16 https://t.co/Ngq07MjI6JPeople Who Eat Darkness. Saw this on a January list of Best Nonfiction Since 2000, realized I’d missed it. Correcte… https://t.co/b2SUyeJ0XfGillian Flynn was a master long before Gone Girl. Sharp Objects is so well written and perfectly constructed. I’d s… https://t.co/Jb9kXISxZxI read about 60 books this year, slightly above my average, for obvious reasons. But it kept me (mostly) sane. Here… https://t.co/b2D7WYZCCZ
12/30
2020
@katekilla Yeah as a Rhode Islander I believed that the R in "anarchy" and "anarchist" was silent, until high school.
12/29
2020
Missing my parents, and my whole side of the family, whom I haven’t seen in a year now. But grateful we’ve made it… https://t.co/QtLtmWiwOf
12/24
2020
My favorite movies of 2020 were Ha just kidding I literally think I watched zero new movies. Sigh. @stephycha This happens a lot. To me, at least.
12/23
2020
@meganeabbott Ho ho ho! Hope you are hanging in there. Can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with next.Watching The Nutcracker and all these kid dancers make me fear there are evil parents with whips backstage, plottin… https://t.co/Q2CIJ9CXXH
12/22
2020
Ted Lasso makes me think of Pete Carroll in New England. Relentlessly upbeat and positive, loathed by the press, co… https://t.co/8T8d2DE4Jv
12/21
2020
And then some days you put the vexing manuscript aside and start a new one and write 4500 words and think, hmm maybe this is the one. @SethWickersham There is no way the Falcons win this game.looks like Brady has the Falcons right where he wants them. @likaluca yeah, given the source, I think all contemporary novelists should take this as a vote of confidence.
12/20
2020
@KateMoretti1 Yikes, I think we've all seen that Kathy Bates character. Just ignore. Sorry you had to deal with that. @lauriemuchnick Not Ayn Rand.
12/17
2020
@sternbergh Haircutters union. Some violent shit. You missed that Dennis Lehane novel I guess?
12/15
2020
Memo to New Yorkers: we refer to this place as “Hotlanta” roughly as often as you say you live in “the Big Apple.”
12/14
2020
@Shotsblog @stu_turton @PeterSwanson3 @MaraTimon @AndrewJRTaylor @JamesLeeBurke @AntoniaHodgson @CharlesCumminghttps://t.co/APsKq7gcIj
12/12
2020
@stephycha @FaberBooks Congrats! That's awesome. @JoshuaWSharpe "Where the Streets Have No Name." Scientifically proven to make clouds part so the sun can shine through.The @ajc asked me for my favorite new book of 2020. It was a tough call, but I went with DEACON KING KONG by James… https://t.co/V2MOeCPbfQIs there a reason the Rams change their uniform seemingly every year? Are they insecure? And I ask this as someone… https://t.co/RX07U81b4R
12/11
2020
@Paul76677597 Excellent! I assume this has been well-covered in crime fiction already but will file it away nonetheless. @cammcwhirter Completely agree. I was going to add earlier that there are serious @StephenKing vibes with that truck.I admit I find ice cream truck drivers creepy, but ice cream truck drivers in mid-December when it's forty-somethin… https://t.co/5So0p04dZZ @aceatkins @JackPendarvis We're all angry, Ace. @FilanChance @lithub Thanks very much! @sarahw We are all safely recovered now, thanks. (Essays take a while.) And thanks for reading.Here's what it was like for me to get COVID 14 years after writing a novel about the 1918 flu. Thanks to @lithub fo… https://t.co/yFzE6eKgYWAnd I've been meaning to write you: Just yesterday I finished your Duffy series with the intro, THE COLD COLD GROUN… https://t.co/X76BgVaSRsYeah @adrianmckinty I found out my novel Darktown was banned by TX prisons. Because race. Wtf. Also re: Shawshank,… https://t.co/WsyCP92MsP
12/10
2020

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