Sou’wester’s got a fancy new website. They’re doing an excellent behind the scenes, come-as-you-are party in which past contributors submit a photograph and talk about what’s on their desks, in their minds and on deck with their writing, reading, and more. It’s an exciting program, I think. First up: the hardest working writer around: Kyle Minor.
Re-Tumbling because… Amelia’s THREATS is out today!!
Jac Jemc: I know you won the FC2 contest, but any other contest wins? Like a radio call-in contest or funny dance contest on spring break?
Amelia Gray: A couple summers ago I won a raffle at a summer movie series and I won $100 in grocery money! I blew it all on wine and candy. I always enter those feedback contests on receipts from grocery stores. It’s a compulsion I have, like if I see it on the receipt I have to do it. I haven’t won anything from those but the folks at Ralph’s know exactly how I feel about their tampon selection.
JJ: Do you think luck was ever a lady to begin with?
“Don’t you think that once you have settled into your project, whether it’s very short or very long, sitting down to work on it is part of your routine? Doesn’t it feel like digging ditches? You’re doing your job. You’re not on a high high or a low low. When you’re doing your job, the Muse will visit you. You begin a project by thinking you know where the end is, but by the time you get there, you find yourself in a different place. I think that’s a good thing, ending up somewhere new. Isn’t that how it works for everyone?”—
We haven’t been keeping up to date, but a couple of years ago, the New Yorker fiction podcast was something we looked forward to every month. Richard Ford reading Cheever’s “Reunion” was my introduction to the story, and I’ve listened to it at least a half a dozen times since. Joshua Ferris reading George Saunders’ “Adams” is another incredibly relistenable classic. Tobias Wolff read Stephanie Vaughn’s “Dog Heaven” and we weren’t familiar with her work before, but kind of fell in love with this story. Have since read and loved Sweet Talk and am excited about its rerelease.
Over at The Rumpus this morn, I interview my old teacher Stephanie Vaughn about the re-release of Sweet Talk. Somehow we also get to Amish people, intuition, and digging fiction ditches. If you don’t know Stephanie’s work, it’s time to know it.
Great interview over at The Collagist, and a little love thrown Novy’s way.
7. What great books have you been reading recently? Are there any upcoming releases you’re excited about?
Books that stuck with me hard this past year are Rikki Ducornet’s Netsuke, China Miéville’s Embassytown, Ursula LeGuin’s The Lathe of Heaven (old but still amazing), and the first half of Adam Novy’s The Avian Gospels. I’m excited to read the second half of Novy’s (it was published in two books)…
My swollen, ripe bladder pushed muffinly against the waist of my skirt.
And I thought: I’ll just pee a little bit. No one will know. It’ll relieve the pressureand—I shifted uncomfortably and promised myself I would prove false the long-proven fact that you cannot just pee a little bit.