Christian Bauman

Christian Bauman is the author of three novels (The Ice Beneath You, Voodoo Lounge, and In Hoboken), as well as a series of regular contributions to NPR’s All Things Considered (2003-2006) documenting his life as a soldier, musician, writer, and young father. Bauman served in the US Army Waterborne in Somalia (1992-93) and Haiti (1994).

Chris Hedges (left) and Christian Bauman's father (right)

Our Father

Entwined contemplations of author Chris Hedges (War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning) and former ad-man Bruce Bauman, and their respective relationships to this essay’s author (a ne’er-do-well novelist and ex-soldier)...

Christian Bauman on Amazon Rankings

So here's something: of course I look at Amazon. I've been published long enough now to have the Amazon ranking not matter so much to me, but there is something else I find addictive about Amazon: what books are offered at a discount if you buy it with one of mine. There is an algorithm

The Commute (Hoboken, 1996)

On June 1, Simon & Schuster/Touchstone released Living on the Edge of the World, an anthology of essays from New Jersey writers about their home state. The book includes original selections from Tom Perrotta (Little Children), Joshua Braff (The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green), Jonathan Ames (Wake Up, Sir!), and many more refugee and remaining Jersey scribes. This brief piece from the anthology is adapted from Christian Bauman’s new novel, In Hoboken (Melville House, March 2008).

What Bauman’s Reading

Not much; I'm packing to go to Quebec. But in the mean time (the mean time is a mean time and we know it) I've been thinking about novels with a great first page (or two). I had to think about this recently for a workshop I was leading. I made up an absolutely incomplete,

The Sportswriter

I'm in the middle of R. Ford's "The Sportswriter"; long overdue, but what can you do. Anyway, the back-cover copy says it's the story of a "goodhearted man" yada yada. Granted, I'm not at the end of the book yet, but "goodhearted" is not what I'd call Frank Bascombe. I'm not saying I don't like

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