Who does Jonathan Ames think he is? Since publishing his first novel in 1989, he’s made his way to the stage (for a one-man-show called Oedipussy), the silver screen (as the lead in 2001’s indie experiment The Girl Under The Waves), and the boxing ring (to, you know, punch people). Between those ventures, he had time to launch the Most Phallic Building Contest—his contender, deservedly, was the Williamsburg Bank Building. And now, with all that eclecticism to his name, he’s bridged the sacrosanct chasm between fact and fiction by releasing The Double Life Is Twice As Good, a collection including both essays and stories. That’s right—between the same two covers.