Oxford Magazine // “Self-Portrait”

The venerable Oxford Magazine has just published my story “Self-Portrait” in their 2007 issue. Not sure, but I think that’s where Andre Dubus published his final story.

7/9/07: PeteLit was nice enough to call the story, “a sharp piece of metafiction which suggests that the narrator might have a viable career as an art thief, should his writing career not materialize as hoped.”

7/10/07: I’m incredibly flattered to see that Dan Wickett has discussed “Self-Portrait” on the Emerging Writer’s Network blog:

To date I’ve had the pleasure of reading four or five of Ervin’s stories, and each one is wildly different from the rest of the pack. This time around the narrator claims to be somebody who has taken on the person of one Andrew Ervin, and even goes so far as to link, within this story, to online efforts attributed to Andrew Ervin (stories, book reviews, etc.). […] The story is entertaining, witty, and as one expects from Ervin, well-written.

7/11/07: Brian Kornell at (Plan B) was nice enough to plug “Self-Portrait.”

7/12/07: The Ninth Letter blog has also linked to “Self-Portrait” & included a photo from my recent trip to Budapest. The very bad-ass editor there, my pal Jodee Stanley, also mentioned it on her personal blog, Minor Arcana. (For the record, I’m one of the fiction readers at 9L.)