Hi.  My name is Patrick Stuart and I’m a current state government worker who used to do architecture stuff (see 'Architecture') but now does other stuff (see 'Writing').  I live in Columbus, Ohio, cohabitating with some other carbon-based life forms (see below) and performing acts of daily existence that are pretty typical of someone living in Columbus, Ohio.

 

Other personal stuff:

 

Married:  yes.

 

Progeny:  dos niños.

 

Pets: un gato y un perro.

 

#1 snack food:  pretzels with peanut butter.

 

Celebrity I used to get compared to:  Bruce Springsteen

 

Celebrity I now get compared to:  Patrick Stewart

 

Favorite two words: ‘if’ (two simple letters representing the antithetical attributes of that hairline fracture-slash-yawning chasm dividing reality and fiction), and ‘titillate’ (I just like it because it sounds dirty).

 

Favorite architect quote: “Form follows function.” (Louis Sullivan)

 

Favorite author quote: “If a gun's shown in the first act, it should be used by the third act.”  (Anton Chekhov)

 

Favorite writerly advice: “Read good shit.” (Molly Friedrich, famous literary agent)

 

A list of books that have stuck in my head: 

  • A Confederacy of Dunces (by John Kennedy Toole)

  • Stephen Florida (by Gabe Habash)

  • Geek Love (by Katherine Dunn)

  • The City & the City (by China Mieville)

  • The Orphan Master’s Son (by Adam Johnson)

  • Mailman (by J. Robert Lennon)

  • About Grace (by Anthony Doerr)

  • Life and Fate (by Vasily Grossman)

  • Guns, Germs and Steel (by Jared Diamond)

  • Opioid Indiana (by Brian Allen Carr)

  • Cherry (by Nico Walker)

  • Godsend (by John Wray)

  • Knockemstiff (by Donald Ray Pollock)

  • The Ministry for the Future (by Kim Stanley Robinson)

 

A (very) abbreviated list of pretty darn good books:

  • When the Elephants Dance (by Tess Uriza Holthe)

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (by Mark Haddon)

  • City of Thieves (by David Benioff)

  • Beautiful Ruins (by Jess Walter)

  • The Incarnations (by Susan Barker)

  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (by David Mitchell)

  • Gould's Book of Fish (by Richard Flanagan)

  • The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet (by Reif Larsen)

  • A Manual For Cleaning Women (by Lucia Berlin)

  • The White Tiger (by Aravind Adiga)

  • Life of Pi (by Yann Martel)

  • The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns (by Khaled Hosseini)

  • What is the What and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (by Dave Eggers)

  • I Do Not Come To You by Chance (by Adaobi Tricia Nwuabani)

  • Lamb and Fool (by Christopher Moore)

  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (by Marina Lewycka)

  • The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley (by Jeremy Massey)

  • A Pleasure and a Calling (by Phil Hogan)

  • Born A Crime (by Trevor Noah)

  • A People's History of the United States (by Howard Zinn)

  • In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs (by Christopher de Bellaigue)

  • Redeployment (by Phil Klay)

  • Dispatches (by Michael Herr)

  • Look Who's Back (by Timur Vermes)

  • Being Dead (by Jim Crace)

  • Nothing to See Here (by Kevin Wilson)

  • The Sympathizer (by Viet Thanh Nguyen)

  • This is How You Lose the Time War (by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone)

  • HHhH (by Laurent Binet)

  • Giant of the Senate (by Al Franken)

  • The Places In Between (by Rory Stewart)

  • Hopping Freight Trains in America (by Duffy Littlejohn)

  • The Aquariums of Pyongyang (by Chol-hwan Kang)

  • The World Without Us (by Alan Weisman)

  • In Manchuria (by Michael Meyer)

  • Eniac (by Scott McCartney)

  • The World Without Us (by Alan Weisman)

  • This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends (by Nicole Perlroth)

  • Maid (by Stephanie Land)

  • Stiff (by Mary Roach)

  • Man is Wolf to Man (by Janusz Bardach)

  • Born A Crime (by Trevor Noah, audio version)

  • 'Tis (by Frank McCourt, audio version)

  • Lafayette in the Somewhat United States (by Sarah Vowell, audio version)

  • The Black Monday Murders (Vol. I & II, graphic novels, misc. contributors)

  • Pax Romana (graphic novel, by Jonathan Hickman)

  • Maus (Vol. I & II, graphic novels, by Art Spiegelman)

  • Berlin (graphic novel, by Jason Lutes)

  • The Best We Could Do (graphic novel, by Thi Bui)

  • Such A Lovely Little War (graphic novel, by Marcelino Truong)

  • Rusty Brown (graphic novel, by Chris Ware)

  • Sabrina and Beverly (graphic novels, by Nick Drnaso)

 

Writing stuff (books/fascinating backstories):

  • Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve (by Ben Blatt)

  • 78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published and 14 Reasons Why It Just Might (by Pat Walsh)

  • My Friend Dahmer (by Derf Backderf)

  • John Kennedy Toole

  • William Gay

  • Lucia Berlin

  • Donald Ray Pollock

  • Nico Walker

 

Best titleAnd To My Nephew Albert I Leave the Island What I Won Off Fatty Hagan in a Poker Game (by David Forrest)

Authors I’ve liked more than twice:

  • Annie Proulx

  • Anthony Doerr

  • Daniel Silva

  • Alan Furst

  • Philip Kerr

  • Herman Wouk

  • Donald Ray Pollock

  • William Gay

  • Daniel Woodrell

  • Isaac Asimov

  • Frank Herbert

  • Martin Cruz Smith

  • Junot Diaz 

  • Michael Perry

  • Peter Hessler

  • Bill Bryson

  • George Saunders

  • Kevin Wilson

  • Zoe Ferraris

  • Attica Locke

  • Al Franken

  • Robert Harris

  • Tom Gauld (comics)

  • Billl Watterson (comics)

  • Gary Larson (comics)

  • Scott Adams (comics)

  • Adrian Tomine (graphic novels)

  • Derf Backderf (graphic novels)

  • Jacques Tardi (graphic novels)

  • Adrian Tomine (graphic novels)

 

Authors I wish I liked more:  Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, Mary Roach

 

Famous dead authors I’d like to hang with:  Anthony Bourdain, A.J. Liebling

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