Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Ringing in the new

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By any measure, I had a pretty productive year as a writer. My book Inventor of the Future: The Visionary Life of Buckminster Fuller was released after more than three years of work, and the reception so far has been very encouraging—it was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, an Economist best book of the year, and, wildest of all, one of Esquire‘s fifty best biographies of all time. (My own vote would go to David Thomson’s Rosebud, his fantastically provocative biography of Orson Welles.) On the nonfiction front, I rounded out the year with pieces in Slate (on the misleading claim that Fuller somehow anticipated the principles of cryptocurrency) and the New York Times (on the remarkable British writer R.C. Sherriff and his wonderful novel The Hopkins Manuscript). Best of all, the latest issue of Analog features my 36,000-word novella “The Elephant Maker,” a revised and updated version of an unpublished novel that I started writing in my twenties. Seeing it in print, along with Inventor of the Future, feels like the end of an era for me, and I’m not sure what the next chapter will bring. But once I know, you’ll hear about it here first.

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  1. What GREAT NEWS – to get onto a top fifty list!

    To Esquire’s credit they included one on my personal list – which answered my long-held question:

    WHY is Theodore Roosevelt’s face on Mt. Rushmore??

    The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, by Edmund Morris

    Jim Susky

    January 6, 2023 at 3:12 pm

  2. Wonderful to hear about your literary success. Will read as soon as I finish with the book design for my book May the Owl Call Again, A Return to Poet John Meade Haines, 1924-2011. I will send you a copy once it is published.

    On another note, would you consider writing a blurb for it? If so, can send manuscript by PDF or have it printed out and mailed to you. The theme is one of a unique friendship.

    Best regards.

    Rachel Epstein

    January 14, 2023 at 12:23 pm


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