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November 3, 2012 | Interview

Southern Gentlemen: Brian Carr & Scott McClanahan Interview Each Other

Texas gets a bad rap because it's filled with assholes, but really if you take any area the size of Texas anywhere it will be filled with assholes, because that's what people are.​

October 26, 2012 | Interview


Matthew Simmons

Of course, I think that Mark Twain is true.   I think that Samuel Clemens is the lie.  Only a dishonest person wants you to know that a story they are telling "really happened."

October 5, 2012 | Interview

Twitter People: Katie Notopoulos (@katienotopoulos), The Archivist

Matthew Simmons (@ matthewjsimmons)

Spend enough time on Twitter and you will eventually discover there is within it an odd, alternate world of very funny, 140-character prankster surrealists. A shortcut to discovering them: Go to

October 1, 2012 | Interview

An Interview with NoMeansNo

Matthew Simmons

A short interview about punk rock and aging with NoMeansNo drummer John Wright & guitarist Tom Holliston

September 21, 2012 | Interview, Fiction

An Interview with Michael Martone

Matthew Baker

In 2010, Michael Martone began conducting a series of interviews. Each of these interviews was written under the pen name Matthew Baker, each of these interviews was titled “An Interview with

September 17, 2012 | Interview

Interview with Richard Chiem, Author of You Private Person

Matthew Simmons

"I think I'm just trying to be a good listener."

June 1, 2012 | Interview

The Spastic Indecision of Squirrels in the Road

Andrew Ervin

An interview with Ted Sanders, author of No Animals We Could Name.

May 1, 2012 | Interview

Lil Bitch: An Interview With Chelsea Martin

Elizabeth Ellen



Chelsea Martin is easily one of the sweetest persons I know, as well as one of the funniest. She’s so quiet and seemingly unassuming, you don’t see it coming. It sneaks up on you,

April 1, 2012 | Interview

A Conversation with John Warner & Tom Williams


Tom Williams: What do you find funny?

John Warner: I find lots of things funny, and have pretty broad tastes, but you know who I think is the number one comedic genius of the last

January 1, 2012 | Interview, Fiction

old HOBART archives

We are working toward converting all of the old into the new. We are not forsaking our past! But... it's going to take time. In the meantime...


December 1, 2011 | Interview

The Baggage of Our Nouns and Adjectives   an interview with: Stacey Levine

Matthew Simmons

What follows is a conversation with Stacey Levine. I have wanted to talk to Levine about her amazing work for a long time, and have generally found myself too hypnotized by it to try to unpack it.

December 1, 2011 | Interview

(reciting--not dancing) an interview with Doug Nufer

Tom Beauchamp

Doug Nufer is one of the foremost constraint-based writers in the United States. You could even say he's part of the definition of constrained writing. Seriously, type it into Wikipedia and see

November 1, 2011 | Interview

We All Participate In Our Own Self-Manifested Stories:  An Interview with David Meiklejohn, Director of My Heart is an Idiot

Matthew Simmons


Its been quite a few years since I first met fellow Michigander Davy Rothbart. I, a bookseller in Seattle. He, a collector and presenter of found objects, the man behind FOUND MAGAZINE, a

October 1, 2011 | Interview

A Giant Swarming Storm of Possibility   Interview with Kevin Murphy of Dark Sky Press

M Thompson

Dark Sky is a fine new publisher whose books are strange and stunning and uncommonly good. Their most recent release, Ryan Ridge’s kinetic collection of short stories, Hunters & Gamblers,

October 1, 2011 | Interview

Cities are Beautiful Creatures   10 Questions for Alex Shakar

Lindsey Drager

The epigraph to Alex Shakar’s Luminarium could be a request or a demand; “Lead me from the unreal to the real.” For Fred Brounian, it is a plea. Fred finds himself in the middle of “a spiritual

June 6, 2011 | Interview

I'm an Asshole and My Life is Retarded: an interview with Julia Wertz by Elizabeth Ellen and her daughter, Andie V.

Elizabeth Ellen and Andie V.


Julia Wertz's first two books are called Fart Party, a great, attention-grabbing title. I remember grabbing the book off the shelf at the comic bookstore, poking my boyfriend and laughing

May 1, 2011 | Interview

An Interview with Brock Clarke

Micah Riecker

Exley, Brock Clarke’s third novel, is the story of Miller le Ray, a boy whose father may or may not have left Miller and his mother to go and serve in Iraq.  Told from Miller’s point of view — and

February 1, 2011 | Interview

An Interview With Bradford Morrow

Andrew Ervin


Memory is its Medium: 
A Conversation with Bradford Morrow

Bradford Morrow's latest novel, The Diviner's Tale, uses some tropes of the traditional murder mystery and elements of the

January 1, 2011 | Interview

Interview With: The NewVillager

The Young Ocean



Editor’s Note:

The following interview was sent to Hobart unsolicited and un-pitched. It was also un-emailed. I was sent it through the mail, and it was the only file on a 3 ½”

November 1, 2010 | Interview

An Interview with Shya Scanlon (Part 1)

Matthew Simmons

Once upon a time, there was a journal called Monkeybicycle. There is, of course, still a journal called Monkeybicycle, but there used to be one, too. And way back when, one of the guys editing that

October 1, 2010 | Interview

An Interview with Grace Krilanovich

Gabriel Blackwell


One of the things that initially got me excited about The Orange Eats Creeps, before I had any notion of what it actually would be, was the incredible list of “inspirations” you compiled in

August 1, 2010 | Interview

An Interview with Justin Taylor

Matthew Simmons

Is the world ending? Do you know something I don't?

I'm not sure what I know that you don't, but certainly nothing in re this. And yes, the world is absolutely ending. It's just a question of

July 1, 2010 | Interview

Who is to Save Us From Western Civilization?  Andrew Ervin in conversation with Bayo Ojikutu

Bayo Ojikutu

We have a protagonist who traipses about Budapest with a copy of Franz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth; we have the chord pulled on a jukebox playing “Strange Fruit” in a bar called Eve and

February 1, 2010 | Interview

An Interview with Laird Hunt (Part 2)

Jim Ruland

A Conversation with Laird Hunt (cont'd)

(read part one of the interview here)



Ruland: When last we talked, you recommended some

February 1, 2010 | Interview

An Interview with Kevin Sampsell

Matthew Simmons

I was thinking about your book and its readers, and I thought about how there are three audiences. One is very large: people who have never met you. The second is very small: people who have known

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