Tony Daniel Reviews Master Essayist John McPhee’s Latest Collection, ‘The Patch,’ at the Federalist

McPheeTony Daniel reviews essay collection The Patch, by John McPhee, and discusses McPhee’s work in general, which has been highly influential on Tony.

Read Tony’s piece here.

Tony Daniel Pens Tribute to Great SF Writer Gene Wolfe at the ‘Federalist’

Wolfe Gene Wolfe died recently at age 87. Tony Daniel says Wolfe was a major influence on him, and one of the greats of American letters.

Tony writes in the piece: “I’m quite sure that Wolfe’s reputation will recover and grow in the coming years. He’s as good as the best we’ve had in American letters, and, though there are many great contenders, he’s my pick for the best science fiction writer of them all.”

Read the essay here.

Tony Daniel Remembers Luke Perry

Tales_from_the_Crypt_Radio_ShowTony Daniel expressed sadness over the recent and untimely death of actor Luke Perry.

Tony worked for a day with Luke Perry in 2000, when Perry starred in “Island of Death,” a radio play Tony wrote for Seeing Ear Theatre. This was part of the Tales from the Crypt SCIFI.COM series Seeing Ear Theatre produced by Tony’s friend and occasional screenwriting coauthor, Brian Smith. Tony was the story editor on the series as well, and wrote or cowrote several of the other episodes.

Tony remembers Perry as a very nice guy who hung out with the day players between takes, and was gracious to the crew.

Tony Daniel Retrospective on the Astonishing Literary Legacy of James Michener at ‘The Federalist’

 

Michener-1024x766Tony Daniel says that the venerable best-selling author of historical fiction has gotten a bad rap in literary circles as Michener’s rejection of postmodernism has given rise to jaded and unfair judgments of his epic storytelling.

“Reconsidering The Astonishing Literary Legacy Of James Michener” is here.

 

Retrospective on the Great V.S. Naipaul by Tony Daniel at the ‘Federalist’

naipaulTony Daniel says that with the death of the Nobel Prize winning author, we’ve lost a great writer who both valued civilization, and saw the world as it is, not how he wished it to be. Tony also examines in particular his favorite Naipaul novel, A House for Mr. Biswas.

Read the piece here.

Tony Daniel Pens Tribute to Tom Wolfe, Novelist and Journalist Extraordinaire, at ‘The Federalist’

tomwolfeTony Daniel’s tribute to the late Tom Wolfe, who was one of Tony’s favorite writers and a big influence, appears at The Federalist. Read the essay here.