37. TED’S FAVORITE SKIRT. New York: NY, Spuyten Duyvil, 2002. 5¼x8¼" 216 pages. (F)
Offset, perfect-bound paperback. Full-color cover photograph by Max Warsh. Author photo by Katt Lissard. Blurbs by Laird Hunt and Chuck Wachtel.
“I wrote this novel in the mid-eighties, not long after I finished A Free Man, but it didn’t see the light of day until many years later. I’m not sure why. I was still getting over the time I’d spent living in small towns in the late-seventies. The small town environment seemed simple on the surface, but there were layers of frustration and discontent and restlessness that I wanted to explore. I was also interested in working out questions of adolescent sexuality, the volatility of pent-up emotions where there’s almost nothing to do and nowhere to go. And the cast of characters in small town life remains the same over a whole lifetime. The book was published by Tod Thilleman’s Spuyten Duyvil Press and it’s dedicated to Barbara Henning and Bill Kushner. The cover is a photo by Max Warsh of his wife Alyssa Gorelick. The book she’s reading is The Diary of Anaïs Nin.”