At present, Travis is working on a novel about a fast-sinking metropolis, a sasquatch who moonlights as an avant-garde sculptor, and the magic of art. His first novel, Where the Devil Don’t Stay, is a bildungsroman of class rage and knitting circles set in the post-9/11 South. It is available only in his musty desk drawer, which may or may not be for the best.
To tide you over while he works on the new project, here are a few short stories he’s written under various names:
“The Last Ever Party in the Drowning Parishes” — Queen Mob’s Teahouse — Rising tides come for an anarchic corner of the bayou.
“Yarnivores” — KGB Bar Lit — Yarn, malt liquor, and employer-enforced phony British accents.
“The Tragedy of Gary Moretti” — KGB Bar Lit — The incidental death of an anarchist, told in fragments.
Travis has twice written book-length manuscripts of nonfiction, once for a a dissertation committee and once for everyone else:
The Bohemian Horizon: 21st Century Little Magazines and the Limits of the Countercultural Artist-Activist — Dissertation for a PhD in Communications at Columbia University — 2016 — Available at CU’s Academic Commons
He’s also published a number of essays over the years, mostly at Blunderbuss Magazine, where he served as Editor-in-Chief from its inception in 2012 until its demise in 2018. Here are a few of his favorites:
“The Berlin Blues” — A dead friend. An orphaned novel. An escape to the playground on the Spree.
“Revolutionary Twee” — A bestselling book claims that twee culture is politicizing the youth and changing the world for the better, but can sweaters & sweetness really cure what ails us?
“Fragments of Charlie” — I am not Charlie Hebdo. I am with Charlie Hebdo.
“Your Holiday Think Piece” — Not an ‘essay,’ per se. More a surreal journey into the internet’s jabbering maw.
“An Advent Calendar of Millennial Ennui” — 25 days of generational malaise.
“On ‘On Smarm’” — An overlong response to an overlong Gawker post.