Thursday, July 28, 2011

Decatur Book Fest II

This should be fun: 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3 (the day before my birthday) … in the auditorium of Decatur High School (my alma mater) … a solo talk focused on my latest book, My Week at the Blue Angel, and my adventures in off-the-beaten-path Vegas … with a book signing immediately afterward.

Hope to see some of my old friends and classmates there. Start spreading the word!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Rain Taxi review

In its spring online edition, Rain Taxi raved about Las Vegan Alissa Nutting’s Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls. In its summer print edition, it turned its attention to My Week at the Blue Angel. Unfortunately, the print edition isn’t available online, but here’s a blurb:

“Though [Hunter S.] Thompson wrote about real events under the moniker of fiction, O’Brien’s book invokes the fictional aspects of narrative by representing reality in a mystified way. In this way, My Week at the Blue Angel offers itself up to infinite interpretation. One can read his stories as brutally honest portrayals of lost souls or as an allegory about what happens to a human (and humanity) when it is subsumed into an unfeeling capitalist machine, replete with poker chips, show girls, bright lights, and plenty of sewage.”

To read the review, which is a full page, pick up a hard copy of Rain Taxi. For more info, visit

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A ‘Human’ touch

A quick thanks to the folks at “Human Experience,” the Monday night poetry, art and music event at the Beat coffee shop. In May and June, they held a donation drive for Shine a Light and collected a box full of socks, batteries, flashlights, canned goods and other items. I’ll be giving out the items to people in the tunnels over the next few months.

For more info on “Human Experience,” visit and click on the “Monday” tab.