“I think what preoccupies me is transition, that zone between one place of relative stasis to another, in particular how we act, or react, when we don’t know what will happen next. Or, put another way: during moments when external circumstances throw us into crisis or flux, what do we do?”
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Lydia Millet is the author of six novels, most recently How the Dead Dream (2008), which was named a best book of the year by the L.A. Times. Her new collection of short stories is called Love in Infant Monkeys (2009). Her 2002 novel My Happy Life won the PEN-USA Award for Fiction, and Oh Pure and Radiant Heart (2005) was shortlisted for Britain’s Arthur C. Clarke Prize.
Major Jackson’s books of poetry include Hoops and Leaving Saturn. The latter was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. His work has appeared in such publications as the American Poetry Review, Boulevard, and The New Yorker.
Had he only published his gadfly magazine, The Realist, he would be worthy of high praise and attention, but Krassner continues to ply his subversion in books and other places.
Rick Moody is one of the most celebrated American writers of his generation. His work includes four novels: Garden State, The Ice Storm, Purple America, and The Diviners, as well as three collections of short fiction, The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven, Demonology, and Right Livelihoods.
Have you ever asked yourself the deepest philosophical question that drives all introspection, which is: Why am I so neurotic and screwed up? Well, stop blaming your mother. It’s because you have three brains, and they have never once agreed on anything.
“West of Kabul was about how it feels to be part of this other culture. Destiny Disrupted is not so much about feeling. It’s more about trying to convey a whole different conceptual framework…”
Joe Meno is the kind of guy who feels the same way I do about reading, viewing it as really almost a religious experience–an intimate, imaginative way to respond to the world we live in.
In this time of Darwinian economics, it’s an understatement to say that employment has become rather uncertain for many people. Nicholas Nigro’s No Job, No Prob: How to Pay Your Bills, Feed Your Mind, and Have a Blast When You’re Out of Workcan keep you from losing your mind if you happen to lose your paycheck.
“As a fiction writer, I believe that what needs to be said about any political situation can not be separated from my fiction, and I feel that I have said enough in my work.”
Vestal McIntyre is the author of the short story collection You Are Not the One–named a New York Times “Editors’ Choice”–and a new novel, Lake Overturn.
It’s highly unlikely that if you are reading this you are unaware (or unappreciative) of American novelist Robert Stone. For what it’s worth, I rank Stone among a handful of living great American writers and have hungrily seized opportunities to chat with him.
“I’m stuck back there when a girl skateboarding is the most beautiful thing in the world and any blowing piece of magazine could be a 1976 Playboy.“
“The book business is always on the brink of failing. Even in the 1940s, people were talking about the end of books.”