For five years, I lived in the Middle East. Now I live in Los Angeles. My first book is called Friday Was the Bomb. It's a collection of essays and will be published by Dzanc in May 2014.
NEWS ABOUT FRIDAY WAS THE BOMB (Dzanc May 13, 2014)
> Wow my publisher and pre-order
> Read an excerpt at Gawker and a Lives piece at The New York Times Magazine
> Upcoming excerpts from Vice, Massachusetts Review, and more
> Readings in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, SF, Seattle, Chicago, and elsewhere
"Nathan Deuel is alive to the myriad contradictions of being a sentient being at this moment in history—the painful, necessary awareness that one's presence carries an entire empire in its shadow. Friday Was the Bomb is about the tension between how much we want and how small we are—some will make war, the world will makes storm, and the rest of us will try to hold onto some fragile connection with each other. This is a book for the rest of us." —Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City
"In these flares of imagery and reportage, of introspection and observation, Nathan Deuel pulls off the considerable feat of looking both inward and outward at once. Friday Was the Bomb gives you an unforgettably and, at times, almost intolerably vivid sense of what age-old troubles like grief, politics, and love feel like at the fragile outset of the 21st century." — Benjamin Kunkel, author of Indecision and Utopia or Bust
I am also a contributing editor to The Los Angeles Review of Books and have written essays, fiction, and criticism for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, GQ, The New York Times, The New Republic, Financial Times, and The Paris Review, among others.
In 2013, I was named first runner-up in Ploughshares' annual Emerging Writer contest. For Dzanc's 2013-2014 Nonfiction Award, I will be serving as final judge. A long time ago, I was a student at Deep Springs College. I graduated with an MFA from the University of Tampa's Low Residency Program.
If you want to do some reading,
> Here's my piece that Longreads featured
> Here's the one Longform featured
> Here are a few of my favorites
> Here are a few recent pieces