Tommy Wallach

Tommy Wallach is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and novelist. His fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in McSweeney's, Tin House, Wired, Salon, and other magazines. As a musician, he has put out an EP with Decca Records and performed at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. We All Looked Up is his debut novel. Read, hear, and stalk him at

Books by this Author

Slow Burn
Strange Fire
Thanks for the Trouble
We All Looked Up


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. That's My Toy, You Get Your Own

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Nabokov. We share a debilitating sense of humility.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Right now I’m in Seattle, sitting across a table from my mom, drinking a macchiato. So I’m good.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

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Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. George Saunders. So talented. So good. So bearded.

Author Voices

January 09, 2014

I feel confident that something is supposed to be here. So here is my first post. My name's Tommy. I write things. A pretty girl just came into this coffee shop, so now I'm distracted. Okay, she's gone. Say something smart, Tommy! Um...particle physics. That's smart, right? Alright, then. Good talk.


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