One Version of Myself
Robert Castle studied English and got a degree in the Writing Program at Penn State in the early seventies. After attending Columbia University School of the Arts for a brief time, he traveled around Europe and lived on and off in Florence, Italy. For fifteen years he lived from his earnings as a cook at a New Jersey seaside town before finally giving up (the good life) and getting a full-time job as a teacher of History, Sociology, and Film.
Bob has regularly published articles for Bright Lights Film Journal since 2001. Other of his film essays have appeared in Film Comment, The Film Journal, The Journal of Religion and Film, Talking Pictures, Cinetext, and Metaphilm. He has had other regular writing gigs at Unlikely Stories (69 feature pieces of A Sardine on Vacation and at The Circle Magazine (a quarterly column called "Half-Baked Ideas"). He has also written two essays about teaching History for Archipelago, has several articles about his travels in Europe at The Paumanok Review, and has three pieces of literary criticism at elimae. His fiction can be found at many places online (or no online anymore): Fiction Funhouse, Fiction Warehouse, Gadfly Online, Wilmington Blues, 3 AM, 5_trope, The Sidewalk's End, Octavo, Double Dare Press, Arbutus, Eclectica, Facets, Skive magazine, and InDigest. His pre-Internet publications included literary magazines like The Sun, Gadfly, Timber Creek Review, Curriculum Vitae, The MacGuffin, The Monocacy Valley Review, The Iconoclast, and A Summer's Reading.
His first three book's include A Sardine on Vacation, a novel (Spuyten Duyvil), The End of Travel, a memoir (Ravenna Press), and Odd Pursuits, a collection of stories (Wild Child Publishing). All of these books were published in 2006.
Since then, new books by Bob have appeared through Kindle and Create Space. First was Berthcut & Sons, his first novel, the story of the birth of a salesman (sorry, Willie Loman). Two other works of his fiction available are a second collection of stories, Fits of Generosity, and a book of three novellas called The Lies Commonly Agreed Upon. He also has several nonfiction works: The Interpretive Odyssey of Stanley Kubrick, The Education Battleground, Half-Baked Ideas: excursions into improbable possibilities. In addition: there are Near Death Experiences: very short stories, con-Glom-er-a-tion, a novel in the form of a play (a sequel to Berthcut & Sons), American History in a Flash, a cycle of 28 short plays, Giving a Damn: three three-act plays, and A Few Minutes of Your Time, very short plays.
In September 2020, his latest novel, The Hidden Life, was published by Atmosphere Press.
The following pages represent how I got here.