“Schrand investigates the brief, fascinating career of charlatan Frank Robinson, who several weeks after the stock market crash of 1929 founded Psychiana, a mail-order religion with a “money back guarantee.” Through direct mail marketing, Robinson provided books and correspondence classes that promised “health, wealth, and happiness.” As the United States slipped into instability and economic …
December 31, 2020
You can now order Psychiana Man: A Mail-Order Prophet, His Followers, and the Power of Belief in Hard Times by visiting WSU Press, Amazon, or your favorite local bookstore.
Happy to have learned that my essay, “Vivian,” which appeared in Boulevard, was selected as a Notable Essay in the Best American Essays 2019. This makes my sixth essay to have been selected for that series.
As reported, my essay, “Vivian,” appears in the pages of the venerable Boulevard. But what is particularly gratifying and cool is that it appears in that magazine’s 100th issue! If that alone wasn’t enough of a good thing, consider all the amazing talent I am lucky enough to be accompanied by: Ariel Saramandi, Chana Kim, …
Happy to report that my essay, “Vivian,” a piece about a 1936 double-murder-suicide in rural Missouri, will appear in Boulevard. If you aren’t yet familiar with the great work they’ve been producing since 1985, check them out. Like, now.
Happy to announce that my essay, “Through the Glass Clearly,” first published in The Missouri Review, was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2017. This makes my 5th Notable Essay in that series. There is also a wonderful bio on Speer Morgan, esteemed Editor of TMR, over at Vox Magazine in which …
My craft piece, “The Essay & the Art of Equivocation,” is up at Brevity. It’s about why the successful essay demands an agile, equivocative mind that is open and inclusive. But it is also a piece that has a political hue. Check it out here.
My essay, “Finding Emily & Elizabeth”–out now in The Georgia Review–is being featured on Poetry Daily’s site. Check it out. And you while you are there, bookmark PD. It’s a great site. But you already knew that.
I’m happy to be a part of the current issue of The Georgia Review. My essay, “Finding Emily & Elizabeth,” is part of a special feature in the Summer 2014 edition. Additionally, the good folks at GR have featured me on their “Author Bookshelf” page. You can check it out here.