Recent Writing

Set the Page on Fire: Secrets of Successful Writers is based on interviews with 250 published authors, book publishers and booksellers. This essay explains the origins of the book in 1994, what happened to the manuscript during Hurricane Katrina, and how it came into a new life with New World Library.

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Set the Page on Fire, Steve O'Keefe set himself on fire on Facebook by writing a short short story every day for a month. The entire collection of stories is published here in their original order. Enjoy!

This essay is about a piece of music made to commemorate the death of Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashogi, in the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Turkey on October 2, 2018. Both the essay and the music provide an unusual perspective on this horrifying act.

He has an algorithm and a sense of rhythm! John Coltrane invented a formula -- "Giant Steps Changes" -- for getting more emotional satisfaction from his musical excursions. His music was dubbed "the sound of search" and that's not the only connection between SEO and extasy.

A honey badger is considered, pound for pound, the fiercest fighting animal on Earth. However, it has a weakness that, once discovered, results in the honey badger always losing to a superior foe. So what is the honey badger's Achilles' heel?