Books John Casey Books by John Casey John Casey has written books about: Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about John Casey Three Books... Hardly Heroic: 3 Flagrantly Flawed Main Characters March 3, 2013 No one's perfect, especially in literature. Author Julie Wu's favorite protagonists are of sound mind and questionable morals. Do you have a favorite character who lacks, well, character? Tell us in the comments. You Must Read This Breece D'J Pancake's Short, Stunning Career July 27, 2006 Breece D'J Pancake took his own life in 1979, not long after The Atlantic Monthly published his first stories. He was 26. Author Susan Straight often shares his work with twentysomething students. She wants them "to heed the fullness of his fictional world... his anger and exact prose."