Heather McCormack is a 36-year-old recovering publishing cynic. Born and raised in Bismarck, ND, she moved to New York City in 1998 to begin her career in magazines and librarianship. After graduating from The New School’s MFA in creative writing program in 2003, she unwittingly began her first novel, The Nowhere in the Middle, then stopped because it dawned on her that nothing was more insane than writing a book in the 21st century, the age of Titanic Slush, the era of eight million voices coming at you like razor blades out of a nuclear potato gun.
To the point: With her discovery of Twitter, its small universe of librarian book sickos, and the obscenely optimistic voice of Richard Nash, that all changed. The bastard book is nearly finished (and a second about New York City in the 1970s and 1980s started), but there’s more to say. This blog chronicles the story of Heather’s first novel about exorcising your idols so you can build your own identity and attempts to quantify punk as it relates to her novel and philosophy. Complete with Writing Soundtrack and a punk rock bibliography (nonfiction and fiction). Holler back.