Levi Asher

I know my e-mail address says 'brooklyn', but I live in Queens. Maybe I picked 'brooklyn' after listening to the Beastie Boys too many times, or maybe it's because of a conversation with my wife (a Jersey Girl) when I was explaining to her about my family's origins. "So where did your mother grow up?" "Brooklyn." "What about your father?" "Brooklyn." "And then when they got divorced, where'd your stepfather and stepmother come from?" "Brooklyn." "So where'd they all go to school?" "Well, my mother and stepmother both went to Erasmus the same time that Barbra Streisand went there (they didn't know each other and they didn't know Barbra either), and my father went to New Utrecht which you can see in the beginning of 'Welcome Back Kotter' and my stepfather went to Brooklyn Tech, and then they all went to Brooklyn College, except my father, who did go there but afterwards studied art at Pratt.""Oh really, where's Pratt?" "Brooklyn."

So anyway I live in Queens now, and in fact I named my new web fiction/performance art project after this humble and mostly-unloved part of New York City. The new project is called Queensboro Ballads, and you can see it here. If you visit and have any comments, I'd love to hear them. My other web site is Literary Kicks, dedicated to the Beat Generation and a few other things I felt like writing about.

You can also read some of my stories in the online fiction journal InterText (I'm in the March '94 and September '94 issues), or in several recent episodes of Enterzone. That's it for online fiction -- I'm also finishing up my latest draft of my novel, which I am trying to get published on paper (you know, the way they used to do it).

Just for the fun of it, here's the list of my fifteen favorite novels.

I'm 33 years old, and I have a day-job as a Unix client-server consultant on Wall Street, where I secretly rebel by wearing conservative black sneakers that look like shoes unless you study them up close. This has worked well except for one time when somebody dropped a pencil, kneeled to pick it up, and suddenly noticed. I had to kick him in the face until he was dead.

This is me and my daughter in my in-law's living room.

When I'm on the Web I like to check out my favorite musicians:

Or my favorite religion: Miriam's Buddhism Page

Or my favorite 70's tv show: The Brady Bunch

Thanks for giving a fuck. See you on the Web.

Levi Asher = brooklyn@litkicks.com