Jon Raymond is the author of the novel The Half-Life and of the recently published short-story collection Livability.
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Zinn talks about whether he has changed his views and shares his thoughts on the upcoming election and the newly published graphic/comic A People’s History of American Empire.
“I mean, the erasure and marginalization of all people of color…in what we call the canon is well-documented. It really doesn’t come as any surprise.”
"For a band that’s just starting out, it’s still fun and exciting and very Kerouacian to be in a van and touring the country. That’s the spirit I wanted for Audrey, and listening to that music definitely helped to infuse the book."
"I was just out driving in my car, and five totally different things came on–an old New Order song… a track from the new Portishead record… a Brian Eno Music for Films song… ‘Touch and Go’ by the Cars… and then this campy ’70s disco song called ‘Let’s All Chant.’ I love how this weird mix put me in five different moods within twenty minutes or so."
Gilb’s most recent opus, The Flowers, is set in an LA-like metropolis at a time not unlike the ’90s when riots overwhelmed that city.
“There was a time when I wouldn’t have started a novel for fear that I would die before I finished it.”
Although John Brandon is an MFA graduate of the writing program at Washington University in St. Louis, while drafting the novel Arkansas, he “worked at a lumber mill, a windshield warehouse, a Coca-Cola distributor, and several small factories producing goods made of rubber and plastic.”
Leavitt’s latest novel is The Indian Clerk, a work of historical fiction about mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan that, according to The New Yorker, demonstrates “how the most meaningful relationships can defy both logic and imagination.”
“I think the mother-daughter relationship is endlessly varied and complex, so I’ll never run out of subject matter.”
“A lot of physicians see this as an outrage that people in the healing profession are involved in interrogations that are intended to do harm.”
"Simply chasing cool is really a bad idea; inspired by cool is a great idea…Don’t do it because you research it, do it because you breathe it,"
“You can’t really make the world up–make something more zany than the world is. So, I mean I can’t make anything up that isn’t already superseded by something that already is.”
“Just like when I decided to start an all-girl, all ex-con band, or learn how to eat fire, it just felt like it was time to write my memoir.”
Even before he was named Poet Laureate of the United States in June 2006, Donald Hall was a familiar figure in contemporary poetry.