Rbin Slan, a fiction writer

I’m the author of the nov­els Sourdough and Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, pub­lished by MCD×FSG in the United States, Tokyo Sogensha in Japan, and oth­ers around the world. I am also … 

I have a new novel forth­com­ing from MCD×FSG. If you’d like to fol­low along with its publication, sub­scribe to my newsletter!

My main newsletter goes out once every 29 ½ days. It ranges widely, across books and media and mod­ern life, and I always try to make it feel like a note from a friend.

I also send an occa­sional lab newsletter about computing, mostly in a cre­ative context. It is devoted to the top­ics that are sim­ply too nerdy for my main newsletter.

I’ve pub­lished a lot of mate­r­ial across a few dif­fer­ent inter­net eras. Here’s a direc­tory of what’s avail­able on this web­site and elsewhere.


Newsletter archives



Special projects

Short stories

Notable essays

The waybacklist

If you’re here because you are curi­ous about my writ­ing and/or thinking, I encourage you to start with my nov­els: they are me, in a seri­ous sense. Both are avail­able wher­ever books can be pur­chased or borrowed. The audio­book edi­tions are great, too.

Thanks for stopping by!