“Robin McLean’s Reptile House introduces us to a debut author of audacious originality." -- Peter Connors, BOA Editions.

OLDER FISH OBITS

ALTER EGO ? WHO IS THAT FACELESS ONE?

THE DRUM /​ THE MUSE /​ THE CRIMINAL

LOOSE IN BOSTON

GRUB GONE DRAG /​ COLUM MCCANN

REPTILE HOUSE IN PLYMOUTH

I LOVE BURLINGTON

REPTILE HOUSE MEETS PARIS REVIEW

BACK ON THE TRAIL -- NYC

BRIDGE EIGHT

WHITE BRAS ONLY

THANKS MOUNT HOLYOKE (AGAIN)

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #18: LAST STOP: BIG CARBON FOOTPRINT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #17.8: LONG LONG LONG LONG ROAD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #17.7: SERENDIPITY in JAYHAWK COUNTRY

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #17.5: NEXT EXIT -- KANSAS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #17: BEARTOOTH, WYOMING and OUT OF MIND

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.6: MONTANA FOR A HAT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.5: LOST HORSE in SANDPOINT, IDAHO

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.4: A GOOD CAMPGROUND IS HARD TO FIND

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.3: REPTILE HOUSE KICKS HARPER LEE'S BUTT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.2: PIRATES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.1: DETOUR #1 -- DECATUR ISLAND, WA.

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16: SOUTHWARD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.9: CHICK RESCUE -- PALMER, ALASKA

REPTILE HOUSE MAKES THE FRONT PAGE

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.7: DENALI FOR REAL THIS TIME

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.6: HOT WATER AND WIDE AWAKE

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.5: THANK YOU FAA

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.4: NORTH POLE

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.3: GLORIOUS DENALI

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.2: FAIRBANKS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.1: ANCHORAGE

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15: SHORT CUT: ALASKA

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14..9999: CHIHULY and SPACE NEEDLES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14..92: ON THE DECKS OF SHIPS (REDUX)

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.9.5: ON THE DECKS OF SHIPS

MARY LYON WOULD BE PROUD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.5.9.1: POETS AND SPACE NEEDLES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.5.9: SOLITARY PEAK

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.5: SEATTLE BY WAY OF MT. HOOD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.2: LATE NIGHT LIBRARY: THANKS FOR THE INTERVIEW

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.1: INLAND AND NORTH

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14: AVENUE OF THE GIANTS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13. 9: LIGHT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13. 8: TO THE GREAT NORTHWEST

NEW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC RADIO! THANK YOU PETER BIELLO!

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13. 5: SAN FRANCISCO and NORTH

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13.1: DONKEY

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13: CALIFORNIA CAN WAIT

BOOK REVIEW: “Unnatural, unprecedented, as far as we know.”

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.9.6: SUMMITS AND CARAVANS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.9.5: NAVADA HWY 50: THE LONELIEST ROAD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.9: THE NEXT GENERATION TAKES THE WHEEL

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.8: GRAND MESA = BUGS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.7: CAMPING #1

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.6: REPTILE HOUSE GOES TO 12,000 FEET

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.5: RH ROAD TEAM DOUBLES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.4: 10 THINGS TO DO IN BOULDER WITH A COSMONAUT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.4: 10 THINGS TO DO IN BOULDER WITH A COSMONAUT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.3: MOOSE WELCOMES REPTILE HOUSE TO BOULDER

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.2: SANTA FE TRAIL

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.1: ONWARD NORTH

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12: BREAKDOWN

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.9: PASSENGER #1

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.8.9: GRATITUDE BREAK

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.8: SUN, RAIN, EL PASO

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.7: THE ALAMO

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.6.5: TEXAS: BUDA

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.6: TEXAS: CHISHOLM TRAIL #2

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.5: TEXAS: CHISHOLM TRAIL #1

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.4: TEXAS MODERN

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.3: WILD DETECTIVES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.2: MHC DALLAS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.1: TEXAS: THE GRASSY KNOLL

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11: TEXAS /​ PART I

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #10.5: TRIP MAP #1

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #10: IOWA CITY /​ BOOK OASIS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #9.5: BACK EAST (ALMOST)

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #9: SKYLIGHT /​ GET A DAMN TICKET

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #8.3: DERAILMENT & RERAILMENT: CANINE AGILITY

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #8: SIRENLAND REUNION

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #7.999: REPTILE HOUSE TAKES TO THE AIR

TOUR BLOG POST 7.5: MHC HARTFORD

TWO NEW INTERVIEWS: Thanks BOA

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #7: HARVARD BOOK STORE

CUT OFF THE COVER AND READ IT: an INTERVIEW

TOUR BLOG POST #6: THE EPICENTER

SIDEWINDER TOUR BLOG POST #5 /​ MYSTIC

TOUR BLOG POST #4 /​ SOUTH HADLEY WITH JIM SHEPARD

TOUR BLOG POST #3 /​ AMHERST LAUNCH

TOUR BLOG POST #2 /​ BOSTON

TOUR BLOG POST #1 /​MINNEAPOLIS

THIS WINTER IS MAKING ME CRANKY

NEWS FLASH: REPTILE HOUSE HAS ARRIVED





FISH OBITUARIES:an anti-bloggers's blog

Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #7.999: REPTILE HOUSE TAKES TO THE AIR

May 28, 2015

WHEN YOU CAN'T GET THERE IN TIME BY CAR
OVER THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The Farmer drove me to BDL

I cried

Strawberry season. He was busy.

My sister Debbie was in the line.

She thought I was gone the day before.

Her friend forgot her ID, waited for her husband to deliver it.

I refused the body scan, had to wait for a pat down.

Just made the plane but did. (more…)

TOUR BLOG POST #7.5: MHC HARTFORD

May 27, 2015

Mary Lyon???

Reptile House TOUR BLOG POST 7.5: Hartford. Thanks so much for the Mount Holyoke Club of Hartford for inviting me to join them last week for the Mary Lyon Dinner. Great to meet yo all! Thanks Kate Ballentine for the inspiring presentation. See you all in the fall at book club with Reptile House , or sooner!

Signed copies of the book are available at:

THE ODYSSEY, South Hadley, Mass and
AMHERST BOOKS, Amherst Mass.

California here I come!

Next stop: BAR AND GARDEN, Culver City, Ca. 7-10 with Reptile House for the Sirenland Reunion on May 29th. Stay tuned...

Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #7

May 25, 2015

Harvard Reading with Sylvia True and Stephanie Kegan
Harvard Book Store with an All Star Cast!

Pretty fancy to be there:

Shared half a brown banana with Stephanie Kegan before. See you in Dallas Stephanie.

Found out about Monkey Ladies from the hilarious and generous Sylvia True.

Lots of old friends, new friends and loyal family filled the place.

THANKS to Sylvia True and Stephanie Kegan for their books and for sharing the stage at the Harvard Bookstore. Thanks Launch Lab, Grub Street and all the people who came out to support. Hello Kirstin Butler! Betsy Keane Dorr, Ellen Herrick,Michael Blanding,, Annie Weatherwax, Mary Wissemann and Andrew King for coming out..

Next stop -- the West Coast -- Skylight Books in LA on June 3 @ 7.

CUT OFF THE COVER AND READ IT

May 21, 2015

Thank you Alden Jones for this INTERVIEW interview on Double Axels, Subtraction / Compression / Extrusion, Premeditation, Murder with Fingers, Reptiles, Goodness and Necessary Destruction of Reading material.

Thank you Fiction Writers Review for having me.


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TOUR BLOG POST #6: The Epicenter

May 20, 2015

THE GATES LIBRARY
ROCHESTER, NY: Re: The Discussion and Reading of Reptile House / how / why we write / create / live / love / suffer / act like wierdos when at first we seem so normal. All this in the room to the left as you enter the Gates Public Library. Ate one banana before for nerves while Mel smoked a secret cigarette. Good crowd. These people had DONE THEIR HOMEWORK, as in had read the reading in advance. Had questions ready. Almost an ambush except that I WROTE "Cold Snap" so if there were any answers, (more…)

SINDWINDER BLOG POST #5: Mystic.

May 16, 2015

DRAWBRIGE with COUNTERWEIGHTS
MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT:

Arrived in time for salmon, asparaus and dark chocolate.

Timed it with the drawbridge to make the reading. The drawbridge makes decisions in Mystic.

The Story Pot was waiting on the rug.

What makes a good day?

Good people, a few books, a river.

Jane Percy I'll be back soon for more of your lovely town.

xo

NEXT STOP: The Gates Library in Rochester NY.



Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #4

May 15, 2015

TOUR BLOG POST #4: S. Hadley, Mass. Yes, I got to read last night with the great JIM SHEPARD who read from his new novel THE BOOK OF ARON at THE ODYSSEY -- across from my old college gates. It was huge a honor and thrill. Jim, as you can see, wore his famous Northwest Airlines outfit!

Thanks Jim and Karen, and Michael Maren for popping in!

Next stop: BANKS SQUARE BOOKS in Mystic, CT TOMORROW, May 16th at 1 pm. See you there Jane Percy.

TOUR NEWS:

TEXAS: Gloria Barragan will be joining the tour in Austin (more…)

SINDWINDER BLOG POST #3: LAUNCH

May 7, 2015

Photo by Jim Bates
AMHERST, MASS: Reptile House is officially LAUNCHED. It blasted off from AMHERST BOOKS Thursday night with many many good friends and family in attendance.THANKS FOR COMING EVERYONE. Thanks especially to Nat at Amherst Books, Noy Holland for your kind introduction, Debbie McLean, Kim McLean, and Steve Toebes for putting it together and for Marshall O'Leary and Carlyn O'Leary for making the thing go. Thanks Mom and Dad for making the plane. Thanks Jim Bates for the photo. Thanks Farmer Mike for being bartender -- among other things. Betsy McLean Vielhaber, you were so there in spirit -- xo.

Next stop THE ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP in South Hadleywith the astounding Jim Shepard on May, 14 @7. (more…)

TOUR BLOG POST #2: REPTILE HOUSE GOES TO BOSTON

May 2, 2015


Yes I did it!

Read right underneath the South Station Destinations Board so it looked like LOTS of people were listening.

Had to yell but it was good to yell!

Some people just needed a chair.

Some people asked QUESTIONS.

I ate 2 bananas one half hour before I started since cousin Rob said bananas are natural beta blockers.

Waved at Suzanne Lipsky and Jennifer Donahue. SO HAPPY to see friendly faces. Thanks for coming, S and J!

Got written up by WBUR...First South Station Literary Lunch Break

Next Stop: May 4, 2015 Reading at BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH, Brookline, MA, @ 7 pm.

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