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Ginny Good, A Mostly True Story:

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After you write your book, get an agent and get it published, then (if your agent didn't sell it to some big, bullshit publisher with a heavy-duty hype department, in which case you do whatever dumb-ass thing they tell you to do), you have to somehow get someone to read the sucker...and review it. That's close to impossible. The pages with this notification have thousands of media boys and girls listed, one of whom may hype your book. They have to justify their existence somehow, right? G.

July 3, 2023

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Gerard Jones

If someone gave me one of these prizes, I'd tell 'em to stick it up their ass. Just to get considered you have to prove you're an ass-kissing punk. To get "shortlisted" you have to start kissing ass at least a year in advance. And whose ass do you have to kiss? The smarmiest bunch of PC, pipe-smoking, supercilious dweebs known to man. And you'd have to hang out with them! What the fuck do they know about worthwhile writing? They've been wallowing in slop since they were six, "brilliant, soaring" slop that makes me cringe and makes nothing but money. That goes for all the other so-called prizes, as well. I wouldn't accept any of them; Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, what the fuck ever, they can stick them all up their ass.

Nobel Prize in Literature
Sturegatan 14
Stockholm, Sweden

This appears to be an extra bullshit way of winning a prize. In addition to all the crap you have to go through to get on the long, long list, then you have to wait fifty years before you can find out who dissed you. Sheesh.

The Booker Prizes
First Floor, 10 Queen Street Place
London, EC4R 1BE

Nan Williams

Matt Railton

Truda Spruyt

Fiammetta Rocco (666)

Advisory Committee

Nic Bottomley

Jamie Byng

James Daunt

Jonathan Douglas

Adam Freudenheim

Daniel Hahn

Sharmaine Lovegrove

Emma Paterson

2022 Booker Prize judges

Shahidha Bari

Helen Castor

Alain Mabanckou

National Book Award
90 Broad Street, Ste. 604
New York, NY 10004

Board of Directors

David Steinberger, Chairman

Quang Bao

James Daunt

Markus Dohle

Morgan Entrekin

Amandeep Kochar

Lisa Lucas

Anthony W. Marx

Lynn Nesbit

Julia A. Reidhead

Kenneth L. Wallach

Michelle Weiner


Ruth Dickey, Executive Director

Meredith Andrews

Andy Donnelly

Natalie Green

Anja Kuipers

Julianna Lee Marino

Taylor Michael

Ale Romero

Madeleine Shelton

Jordan Smith

Meg Tansey

National Book Critics Circle Award

New York, NY 10013

Board of Directors

Megan Labrise, President

Jacob M. Appel

Colette Bancroft

Jane Ciabattari

Willow Naomi Curry

Maris Kreizman

Chelsea Leu

Tara Wanda Merrigan

Heather Scott Partington

Ruben Quesada

David Varno

Diego Baez

Mandana Chaffa

May-lee Chai

Adam Dalva

Anita Felicelli

Lori Feathers

Rebecca Morgan Frank

Jennie Hann

Keetje Kuipers

Jo Livingstone

J. Howard Rosier

Joanna Scutts

Elizabeth Taylor

Emerging Critics

Kathy Chow

Ella Fox-Martens

Maisie Wiltshire-Gordon

Liz Wood


Tom Beer

Michele Filgate

Leigh Newman

Katherine A. Powers

Laurie Muchnick

Steven G. Kellman

Carolyn Kellogg

Karen Long

Michael Miller

Elissa Schappell

Mark Athitakis

Ron Charles

Carmela Ciuraru

Mary Ann Gwinn

Eric Liebetrau

Miriam Markowitz

Walton Muyumba

Tess Taylor

Anne Trubek

Kate Tuttle

Daniel Akst

David Biespiel

Laurie Hertzel

Carlin Romano

Michael Schaub

Marion Winik

Anjali Enjeti

Daisy Fried

John McWhorter

The Pulitzer Prizes
Columbia University
709 Pulitzer Hall
2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Pulitzer Prize Board

Elizabeth Alexander

Anne Applebaum

Nancy Barnes

Lee C. Bollinger

Neil Brown

Nicole Carroll

Steve Coll

John Daniszewski

Carlos Lozada

Kelly Lytle Hernandez

Kevin Merida

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Emily Ramshaw

David Remnick

Tommie Shelby


Paul C. Tash

Eugene Robinson

Sig Gissler

Paul Gigot

Stephen Engelberg

Junot Diaz

Danielle S. Allen

Bud Kliment

Pen America
588 Broadway, Ste. 303
New York, NY 10012

2022 Judges

Angie Cruz

Maurice Manning

Jaquira Diaz

Rigoberto Gonzalez

Khadijah Queen

Ling Ma

Manuel Munoz

Oscar Villalon

Daniel Torday

Lauren Redniss

Imani Perry

Emma Copley Eisenberg

Laila Lalami

Joe Richman


Suzanne Nossel, CEO

Dru Menaker, COO

Geraldine Baum

Summer Lopez

Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf

Deborah K. Wilson

Sabrina Adams

Donica Bettanin

Maayan Dauber

Jenn Dees

Viviane Eng

Liesl Gerntholtz

Hannah Lee

PEN/Faulkner Award
6218 Georgia Ave. NW, #1602
Washington, DC 20011

2023 Judges

Christopher Bollen

Tiphanie Yanique


Jabari Asim

Susan Ginsburg

Martha Anne Toll

Renee K. Gardner

Jung Yun

Elliot Ackerman

Tope Folarin

Marie Arana

Lauren Francis-Sharma

Clay Smith


Madison Smartt Bell

Jackson Bryer

Deborah Tannen

Mary Kay Zuravleff

Mary Haft

Lisa Page

Janet Alexander Griffin

Joanne Leedom-Ackerman

Creative Writing Boys and Girls


Stanford University

The guys she was used to going out with were "men" from Harvard and Yale and Stanford—guys who could afford to gamble the price of dinner at a fancy restaurant on the off chance it might get them into her good graces. She'd been a debutante. Her father grew up on an estate in Westchester County. They had a summer cottage in Newport. Her grandmother dolled out toilet paper from a locked cupboard, one square at a time. There was Frick money in the mix.

Ginny Good, Chapter Ten (45th Avenue)

Patrick Phillips, Director

Adam Johnson

Chang-rae Lee

Elizabeth Tallent

Ken Fields

Tobias Wolff

Mark McGurl

Shelley Fisher Fishkin

Molly Antopol

Kai Carlson-Wee

Gavin Jones

Keith Ekiss

John W. Evans

Sarah Frisch

Scott Hutchins

Brittany Perham

Shannon Pufahl

Nina Schloesser Tarano

Michele Elam

Nicholas Jenkins

Vaughn Rasberry

Stephen Sohn

Judith Richardson

Paula Moya

Bryan Wolf

Mark Labowskie

Edward Porter

Austin Smith

Michaela Bronstein

San Francisco State University

There's a picture of her in the school paper at San Francisco State: The Gater. The picture was taken in the spring of 1963. Ginny's dancing on the lawn across from the library; her hair's kind of in her face, but you can still tell it's her. Jim Moss is in the background, egging her on. And the first time the word "hippie" was used to describe the sort of person who we all know now as a "hippie" was in the caption to that picture. She may even have had some flowers in her hair—which, in my book, makes her the first hippie. Merriam Webster may wish to quibble, but hey, she's got her own damn book. In my book, Ginny Good is the first hippie. Ha!

Ginny Good, Chapter Fourteen (Pacific Heights)

Nona Caspers, Chair

Michelle Carter

Joseph Cassara

May-lee Chai

Maxine Chernoff

Carolina De Robertis

Anne Galjour

Paul Hoover

Andrew Joron

Michael David Lukas

Chanan Tigay

Nancy Au

Matthew Clark Davison

Julia Shackleford

University of California Berkeley

Eight months later, I got the last letter I ever got from Ginny Good. It was postmarked August 25, 1975. She was living in the Berkeley flatlands with a guy named Ross—one of her New Age buddies from Colorado. The first page of the letter is just a picture of a guy with knobs on his knees, playing what appears to be a zither, with a small Christmas tree growing from his forehead. Under the picture she says: "I can't write so doodles must do."

Ginny Good, Chapter Thirty-Two, (Hillsborough)

Georgina Kleege, Director

Melanie Abrams

Vikram Chandra

Eric Falci

Thomas Farber

Robert L. Hass

Lyn Hejinian

J. Mira Kopell

Geoffrey G. O'Brien

Hilton Als

John Shoptaw

Dora Zhang

Mark Danner

Mark Goble

Dorothy J. Hale

Colleen Lye

Fiona McFarlane

Katherine Snyder

University of San Francisco

Clayton Street was crowded with tall, skinny Victorian flats, going ever more steeply up toward the address Ginny had given me. In the valley by Frederick Street, I stopped to pick some wild flowers, daisies and bachelor buttons and whatever else was growing there. I remembered I'd said I wasn't ever going to get a girl any god damn flowers again, but that had been a long time ago. Across the valley and up toward Parnassus Heights, lighted houses glittered through wisps of fog among dark hills. A dog barked. Telephone wires crackled. Golden Gate Park was a rectangle of black. The panhandle was bordered by streams of headlights from the traffic going up Fell and down Oak. The spires of Saint Ignatius Church were lit up in the background. It was peaceful and serene and unreal, like a picture on one of those big glossy San Francisco calendars.

Ginny Good, Chapter Twelve, (Clayton Street)

Dave Madden, Director

Laleh Khadivi

D.A. Powell

Bruce Snider

Susan Steinberg

Christopher Arnold

Stephen Beachy

Lewis Buzbee

Kirstin Chen

Kate Folk

John McMurtrie

Barbara Reyes

Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Nina Schuyler

St. Mary's College of California

Marilyn Abildskov

Brian Broome

Lysley Tenorio

California Institute of the Arts

Elliot came back into the picture sometime in May of 1967. He'd recovered from most of the short-term effects of his father having blown his head half-off. He was going to school at the Art Institute and teaching a class in airbrush technique. He had a girlfriend, too—a cute little Korean chick with nice tits, extra slanty eyes, one of those Asian overbites and vestiges of some difficulty with the English language.

Ginny Good, Chapter Twenty-Two, (Haight Street)

Tisa Bryant

Gabrielle Civil

Brian Evenson

Joshua Malkin

Anthony McCann

Janet Sarbanes

Matias Viegener

California College of the Arts

Anne Shea

Eric Olson

Tom Barbash

Jasmin Darznik

Patricia Kilroe

Aimee Phan

Ishmael Reed

David Skolnick

San Jose State University

Alan Soldofsky, Director

Nick Taylor

Selena Anderson

Keenan Norris

Scott Sublett

Robert James

Tod Edgerton

University of California Santa Cruz

Christopher S. Chen

Micah Perks

Jennifer Tseng

Rob Sean Wilson

Nathaniel Mackey

Karen Tei Yamashita

Courtney Kersten

University of California Santa Barbara

Ben V. Olguín

Felice Blake

Steven Allaback

University of California Davis

It's hot in Sacramento in the summer. Even at night. You don't need blankets. You don't need clothes. Even a sheet's too much. The two of them were lying in her big bed with no clothes on. It was like "Nashville Skyline," like "Lay Lady Lay." The window was open. There were a few candles burning on the windowsill. There wasn't any breeze. The flames didn't flicker. They flared up when the wax overflowed and left a new piece of the wick exposed, but the flames didn't waver. The guy was propped up in a pile of pillows pushed against the wall. His arm was under Melanie's head. Her face was nuzzled into the side of his neck. Her hand was lying limply on his chest. His clothes were hung neatly over the arm of the couch. Melanie's white nightgown and the black panties with bunches of cherries on them were on the floor.

Ginny Good, Chapter Thirty-One, (Sacramento)

Zinzi Clemmons

Lucy Corin

Pam Houston

Joe Wenderoth

Gary Snyder

University of Southern California

Aimee Bender

Thomas Boyle

Geoff Dyer

Percival Everett

Dana Johnson

Anna Journey

Susan McCabe

Carol Muske-Dukes

Maggie Nelson

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Danzy Senna

David St. John

David Treuer

Marianne Wiggins

University of California Los Angeles

The day after our disastrous trip to see The Snow Queen, I got the hell out of the house in Pacifica and hitchhiked down along the coast highway until I came to the California I'd had in mind back in Michigan. It started just past Malibu. I didn't have any money. I ate food out of garbage cans, slept on beaches and feasted my eyes on sun-bleached blond girls in bikini bathing suits from dawn to dusk—until having no money and a third-degree sunburn had me heading back up toward Pacifica again. That was when I got the job on that yacht I was talking about. This colored guy picked me up. He was driving a white Cadillac and had a white girlfriend. His name was Lucius. His girlfriend was a nurse, "A noyse," he called her, being as how he was originally from Brooklyn. Lucius told me to show up at the Lido Shipyard in Newport Beach the next morning and he'd have a job for me.

Ginny Good, Chapter Five, (Pacifica)

Mona Simpson

Brian Kim Stefans

Justin Torres

Harryette Mullen

Daniel Snelson

Calvin Bedient

Stephen Yenser

Fred D'Aguiar

Michelle Huneven

Karen Kevorkian

Reed Wilson

University of California Irvine

Michelle Latiolais

Claire Vaye Watkins

Natalie Shapero

Monica Youn

Amy Gerstler

Chapman University

Mark R. Axelrod

Richard Bausch

Alicia R. Kozameh

Anna Leahy

Rei Magosaki

Martin Nakell

Kevin O'Brien

Justine K. Van Meter

Myron D. Yeager

Tom Zoellner

James Blaylock

California State University Fresno

Venita Blackburn

Steven Church

John Hales

Randa Jarrar

Brynn Saito

Tim Skeen

Mai Der Vang

University of California Riverside

Tom Lutz, Chair

Andrew Winer

Allison White

Susan Straight

Emily Susan Rapp Black

Goldberry Long

Laila Lalami

John Jennings

Michael Jayme

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Katie Ford

Alex Espinoza

Steve Erickson

Josh Emmons

Charmaine Craig

Reza Aslan

University of California San Diego

Virginia Dixon Good was born on March 5, 1941. She spent her childhood in one or another of those sleepy little seaside communities down along the Southern California coast, north of San Diego. Her mother was too busy for kids. She had three daughters. Ginny was her second daughter. Sandy was her third. I forget the first daughter's name. I can't remember Ginny's mother's name, either. I might have blanked it out. Her father's name was George. George F. Good. I never knew what the "F." stood for. There were so many things I never knew.

Ginny Good, Chapter Two, (Del Mar)

Kazim Ali

Amy Sara Carroll

Ben Doller

Camille F. Forbes

Lily Hoang

Jac Jemc

Marco Wilkinson

Anna Joy Springer

Brandon Som

Casandra Lopez

Antioch University

Nikki Darling

Alistair McCartney

National University

Frank Montesonti, Director

Amina Cain

Colin Dickey

Brandi Megan Granett

Michael Grant Zimmer

San Diego State University

Sandra Alcosser

Blas Falconer

Harold Jaffe

Stephen-Paul Martin


University of Michigan

I grew up in Michigan, Royal Oak, Michigan, ten miles north of Detroit. That was how the main roads got their names—by how far north of Detroit they were: Ten Mile Road. Eleven Mile. Twelve Mile. Like that. Starting down by the Detroit River, Woodward Avenue cut across each of the Mile Roads clear out to the lakes we went to in the summer; Orchard Lake, Cass Lake, Walled Lake. That was what you did in Michigan. You swam in lakes in the summer and ice-skated on lakes in the winter. The farther away from Detroit you got, the better the neighborhoods became. I lived a block from Ten Mile myself, not far from the Detroit Zoo.

Ginny Good, Chapter Three, (Royal Oak)

Julie Buntin

Michael Byers

Peter Ho Davies

Linda Gregerson

Gabe Habash

Laura Kasischke

Khaled Mattawa

Kiley Reid

Aisha Sabatini Sloan

Jacinda Townsend

Michigan State University

Robin Silbergleid

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Divya Victor

Megan Giddings

Wayne State University

Donna used to come over to my house. I used to go over to her house. We sat in the car. We didn't care where we were. She had a big mirror in her basement. The mirror had a bar in front of it. There was a couch across from the mirror. We used to sit on the couch and watch ourselves hug and kiss and neck and pet. We cut school and took the streetcar to downtown Detroit—sat on benches by the Ambassador Bridge, snuck into Briggs Stadium and wandered the marble hallways of the golden-domed Fisher Building, talking and talking and necking and talking—we talked and necked ourselves silly. And even when we did go to school, all we ever did was write each other love letters.

Ginny Good, Chapter Four, (Fifteen Mile)

Natalie Bakopoulos

Donovan Hohn

M.L. Liebler

Caroline Maun

Chris Tysh

Western Michigan University

Steve Feffer

Richard Katrovas

Thisbe Nissen

Eastern Michigan University

Christine Hume

Carla Harryman

Matt Kirkpatrick

Rob Halpern

Rhode Island

Brown University

She seemed to be talking to herself, nodding and shaking her head at the appropriate places. "I was at school. It was Christmas. I get funny around Christmas. I have since Daddy left. Roger knew that."

"Who's Roger?"

"My beau. Ex-beau. Roger Singmaster. I was at Sarah Lawrence. He was in grad school at Brown. His father's a partner in some big law firm. They live outside Philadelphia. His mother teaches French Lit at Penn. Roger was going to be a banker. He'd been going to be a politician but decided bankers had more influence. He was charming and glib and confident, with intense dark black eyes and a shy, crooked smile—and the darlingest little cleft in his chin. We'd been dating for ages. We used to meet at a hotel across from Gramercy Park. It was all very tawdry. I had long luscious orgasms like melting Hershey Bars. Pigeons cooed on the windowsill. Mother adored him. We were supposed to get married. We were supposed to be in love. We were in love. Then I don't know what happened."

Ginny Good, Chapter Ten, (45th Avenue)

John Cayley, Director

Lori Baker

Colin Channer

Laura Colella

Thalia Field

Hillary Hansen

Erica Hunt

Laird Hunt

Karan Mahajan

Francesca Mari

Sawako Nakayasu

Gale Nelson

Matthew Shenoda

Eleni Sikelianos

Cole Swensen

Florence Wallis

Chloe Zimmerman

Ada Smailbegovic

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