How I Became a Writer When I Used to Be an Engineer

Pittsburgh, PA

5 Cartoons
9 Horror comics
10 TV
11 Edgar Rice Burroughs — the Tarzan series
12 Horror movies — George Romero
13 Genesis with Gabriel
14 Bradbury, Ellison, Matheson; World War II flying stories
16 Stephen King
17 Garage punk, Iggy and the Stooges, Syd Barrett

Boston, MA

18 Aerospace Engineering
19 The Velvet Underground, William S. Burroughs, beats
20 Camus, Breton, Peret
21 The nouveau roman, Robert Coover, William H. Gass
22 Foreign film, blues, baroque, Coltrane

Long Island, NY

24 Structural test engineering
25 Flannery O’Connor, Sylvia Plath, John Cheever
26 Terrence Malick, Antonioni
27 Chekhov, Tolstoy, Toni Morrison, Virginia Woolf
28 Quit engineering to write

Ithaca, NY

29 James Salter, Jayne Anne Phillips, Tim O’Brien, Denis Johnson
30 Cornell MFA
32 In the Walled City, stories

Edmond, OK

33 Snow Angels

Hartford, CT

34 The Names of the Dead
36 The Speed Queen
37 Death certificates, the coroner´s report, testimony of survivors
A World Away
A Prayer for the Dying
The Circus Fire
Everyday People
Wish You Were Here
The Night Country
The Good Wife
Last Night at the Lobster
Songs for the Missing
Emily, Alone

6 thoughts on “Timeline

  1. Pingback: My review of Stewart O’Nan’s Songs for the Missing on PopMatters « Good Readings

  2. I am a Librarian in upstate NY, at Plattsburgh Public Library. I have read
    90 percent of your works. You are a-mazing! I’m almost done with Emily,
    Alone. Are you sure you’re a man? It is so sensitively written, just like a
    woman would think & feel! Kudos!
    I would like to read “Transmission”. Do you know from where I can purchase a
    copy? Thank you so much!

  3. It was great talking with you on the airplane today, PIT to MSP. Congratulations on the warm reception and reviews for The Odds.

    Best of luck on tour! Hope to catch you at the Penguin on the 9th.


  4. I am a widow of five years and found “Emily Alone” to be so real that it was like Mr. O’Nan was reading my deepest thoughts. Where does this insight come from? He knows what a 67 year old widow is feeling as she looks back and questions life and death.

  5. Mr. O’Nan,
    Are you teaching any workshops this summer or in the next year?
    Thank you,

  6. Pingback: ‘Lobster’ Tales: An Interview with Stewart O’Nan | Belt Magazine | Dispatches From The Rust Belt

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