August 14, 2011


I AM SUSPICIOUS OF ALL WRITERS AND HUMAN BEINGS WHO ARE NOT SICK OF THEMSELVES.

Patrick Somerville, “A Conversation With Patrick Somerville and Lindsay Hunter” (via oodalolly)

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February 26, 2012


The Sunday Rumpus Interview

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. 

patricksomerville:

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.

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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?

The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Stephanie Vaughn - The Rumpus.net

(while we’re at it, we should note that basically every answer Vaughn gives is perfect and wonderful and pull-quote-worthy)

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June 8, 2012


EE’s reading! I’ll be hanging out and drinking!
fast-machine:

I’m reading in Brooklyn Monday night…

FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES When: June 11 Time: 8-10pm Featuring: DIANE WILLIAMS (Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty) PATRICK SOMERVILLE (This Bright River) JENNIFER MILLER (The Year of the Gadfly) ELIZABETH ELLEN (Fast Machine) ANDREW COTHREN (Eleven Eleven)

EE’s reading! I’ll be hanging out and drinking!

fast-machine:

I’m reading in Brooklyn Monday night…

FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES
When: June 11
Time: 8-10pm
Featuring:
DIANE WILLIAMS (Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty)
PATRICK SOMERVILLE (This Bright River)
JENNIFER MILLER (The Year of the Gadfly)
ELIZABETH ELLEN (Fast Machine)
ANDREW COTHREN (Eleven Eleven)

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June 14, 2012


…any asshole can make something complicated, difficult, and tedious. Anyone can make something impenetrable. What’s interesting is the delight someone feels when it becomes clear that it’s all made sense from the start.

This Bright River, Patrick Somerville

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June 15, 2012



"College breaks your head open if you actually listen to it. You know? The humanities shit? Like too much. Too many words. You know what my favorite thing used to be?"
"What"
"Conversations. You know what my favorite thing in the world is now?"
"What?"
"Rocks. Rocks, dude. Rocks."

This Bright River, Patrick Somerville
(photo via About the UP » Exploring Michigan’s Upper Peninsula)

"College breaks your head open if you actually listen to it. You know? The humanities shit? Like too much. Too many words. You know what my favorite thing used to be?"

"What"

"Conversations. You know what my favorite thing in the world is now?"

"What?"

"Rocks. Rocks, dude. Rocks."

This Bright River, Patrick Somerville

(photo via About the UP » Exploring Michigan’s Upper Peninsula)

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June 26, 2012



On the one hand, puzzles are great because they’re fun. But really we are drawn to puzzles because they can be solved.
(via Patrick Somerville Does the Twist - Page - Interview Magazine)

On the one hand, puzzles are great because they’re fun. But really we are drawn to puzzles because they can be solved.

(via Patrick Somerville Does the Twist - Page - Interview Magazine)

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June 27, 2012


We’ve already hyped it a lot, but.. what can we say. We love Pat, and we loved This Bright River, which drops today. Read it. Right now. It’s so freaking good.

(For that matter, I was thinking of recent faves and is it just me or are Chicago writers on some kind of crazy streak or something? Herewith, a photoset of five recent favorite novels, all super amazing, all by Chi peeps [Novy moved away, but we’re self-congratulatorily including him]. If you’re working on a novel, all signs point to: maybe move to Chicago?)

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July 5, 2012


Hobart #11 (and, (announcement alert!) #14) contributor, Patrick Somerville.
patricksomerville:

Here’s a piece I wrote for Salon about the Maslin review.

Hobart #11 (and, (announcement alert!) #14) contributor, Patrick Somerville.

patricksomerville:

Here’s a piece I wrote for Salon about the Maslin review.

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September 4, 2012


I remember when I found out Pat was gonna do some of the Dollar Store Tour and I was like, “Holy shit, the dude that wrote ‘Trouble and the Shadowy Deathblow?!?’”
recommendedreading:

“The Deathblow: Sometimes I think about my life in two phases: Before I knew about the shadowy deathblow, and after I knew about the shadowy deathblow. I do not want to give away too much of this ingenious creation, but there is a spectacularly surprising sentence halfway through this story that involves the deathblow and a certain appendage. I still think about that sentence, whenever I believe I have written something smart and humorous. Is it as funny as that? I ask myself. Usually the answer is no.”
Hannah Tinti, editor-in-chief of One Story, writes in the editor’s note of Recommended Reading that there are 5 reasons to read Patrick Somerville’s story “Trouble and the Shadowy Deathblow.” Read the other reasons (and the story) tomorrow morning at Recommended Reading.

I remember when I found out Pat was gonna do some of the Dollar Store Tour and I was like, “Holy shit, the dude that wrote ‘Trouble and the Shadowy Deathblow?!?’”

recommendedreading:


The Deathblow: Sometimes I think about my life in two phases: Before I knew about the shadowy deathblow, and after I knew about the shadowy deathblow. I do not want to give away too much of this ingenious creation, but there is a spectacularly surprising sentence halfway through this story that involves the deathblow and a certain appendage. I still think about that sentence, whenever I believe I have written something smart and humorous. Is it as funny as that? I ask myself. Usually the answer is no.”


Hannah Tinti, editor-in-chief of One Story, writes in the editor’s note of Recommended Reading that there are 5 reasons to read Patrick Somerville’s story “Trouble and the Shadowy Deathblow.” Read the other reasons (and the story) tomorrow morning at Recommended Reading.





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