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How to Be a Dutiful Thing: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Chelsea Hodson photo
January 15, 2016 | Interview

How to Be a Dutiful Thing: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Chelsea Hodson

Elizabeth Ellen

According to my parents, I was obedient from birth—I emerged in silence and then slept through the night. I was just never interested in rebelling—even as a “punk,” I got good grades and was always home by curfew.

BRI and YOU: Brian Oliu says Enter Your Initials and Means It   photo
January 11, 2016 | Interview

BRI and YOU: Brian Oliu says Enter Your Initials and Means It  

Pat Siebel

Here’s a statistic: After reading Brian Oliu’s Enter Your Initials For Record Keeping, I’ve spent more of my life reading Oliu than playing basketball.

The Art of Fiction Menswear photo
November 9, 2015 | The Art of...

The Art of Fiction Menswear

Aaron Burch

I've known Tom Williams for a handful of years. I think I originally met him through Barrelhouse, and I've mostly tried to not hold that against him. He is, in the parlance of whoever it is that

Lori Jakiela Interview photo
November 6, 2015 | Interview

Lori Jakiela Interview

Sandra Newman

In her third memoir, Belief is its own kind of truth, Maybe, Lori Jakiela uses a collage-style structure to write about the collage-like process of assembling an identity, and the particular

Questions for Rachel B. Glaser photo
October 23, 2015 | Interview

Questions for Rachel B. Glaser

Sabra Embury

I've respected Rachel B. Glaser's sense of mischief for years. When I heard she'd written a novel, Paulina & Fran (2015), I was excited to see it. What the heck could it be? I thought. Was it

Interview with Lincoln Michel photo
October 13, 2015 | Interview

Interview with Lincoln Michel

Jessica Thompson

I just finished reading Upright Beasts. I adored it. Thank you for writing the stories and putting them together in a collection. First, I'd like to talk about surveillance, a theme that is heavy

Alfred Wichly interviews Sucker June author Sean Kilpatrick photo
September 1, 2015 | Interview

Alfred Wichly interviews Sucker June author Sean Kilpatrick

Alfred Wichly

Kilpatrick on the artist’s political responsibilities (these are apparently multiple): Hate has more borders than I can muster into the capability of a vision. That’s why I scream in short bursts. 

The Nicest Guy in the World: An Interview with Arthur Bradford photo
August 31, 2015 | Interview

The Nicest Guy in the World: An Interview with Arthur Bradford

Kevin Maloney

 

“Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.” – Kurt Vonnegut

I met

Blackout: an Interview with Sarah Hepola photo
August 11, 2015 | Interview

Blackout: an Interview with Sarah Hepola

Chloe Caldwell

the defining experience of Western women today is internal conflict

Anger Is Never Just Anger: an Interview with Sarah Gerard photo
August 5, 2015 | Interview

Anger Is Never Just Anger: an Interview with Sarah Gerard

Elle Nash

There were tears. When I’m writing about the past, I’m aiming to come to a place where I can feel or understand something that I’ve previously never been able to resolve. Or feel something other than anger, because anger is never just anger.

My God This Piece of Shit World Sure is Pretty Sometimes: An Interview with Kevin Maloney photo
July 10, 2015 | Interview

My God This Piece of Shit World Sure is Pretty Sometimes: An Interview with Kevin Maloney

Pat Siebel

I began reading a PDF of Cult of Loretta, but stopped a few pages in. I’d already, by instinct, picked up the pen beside me several times. There were sentences to underline, pages to dog-ear. What

Non-Reader Spotlight: Rebecca Klaes, Part 2 photo
July 6, 2015 | Non-Reader Spotlight

Non-Reader Spotlight: Rebecca Klaes, Part 2

Rebecca and I read Atul Gawande's Being Mortal and talked about it.

Non-Reader Spotlight: Rebecca Klaes, Part 1 photo
June 17, 2015 | Non-Reader Spotlight

Non-Reader Spotlight: Rebecca Klaes, Part 1

Going to school full-time and raising two kids definitely involves a lot of reading, but does it make you a reader?

What a Weird Game of Dominoes: A Conversation with Alex Jiang  photo
June 12, 2015 | Lazy Wolf, Interview

What a Weird Game of Dominoes: A Conversation with Alex Jiang 

Pat Siebel

Last fall, Aaron tweeted something about accepting a few comics from a nine year-old. We’d soon discover the boy’s name was Alex Jiang, and that he was hilarious. When “Meet Lazy Wolf,” “Fashion

Non-Reader Spotlight: Elizabeth Olson, Part 1 photo
June 4, 2015 | Non-Reader Spotlight

Non-Reader Spotlight: Elizabeth Olson, Part 1

With all of these other endeavors, Elizabeth's reading life has changed markedly, and she was kind enough to talk to me about it.

Non-Reader Spotlight: Seth Fein and Justine Bursoni, Part 1 photo
May 22, 2015 | Non-Reader Spotlight

Non-Reader Spotlight: Seth Fein and Justine Bursoni, Part 1

How do two cultural dynamos get away with never reading?

Non-Reader Spotlight: Bot or Not? photo
May 2, 2015 | Non-Reader Spotlight

Non-Reader Spotlight: Bot or Not?

Jac Jemc

“Surely there are lonely people out there who would like to talk to me about the books they ignore.”

Bipolar Cowboys: Noah Cicero in conversation with Juliet Escoria photo
February 16, 2015 | Interview

Bipolar Cowboys: Noah Cicero in conversation with Juliet Escoria

Juliet Escoria

The Noah Cicero who answered Juliet Escoria’s questions, he is already gone and to take it farther he wasn’t even there before he answered the questions. The Noah Cicero that answered the questions was only that Noah Cicero.

She Scares Me a Little: An Interview with Laird Hunt photo
January 20, 2015 | Interview

She Scares Me a Little: An Interview with Laird Hunt

Joseph Riippi

There was something so sublimely satisfying about reading Laird Hunt’s Neverhome this year that I’ve read it, here and there, probably twice, maybe three times more since. The novel introduces us

I Love You, Apple, I Love You, Orange: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews director Horam Kim photo
January 9, 2015 | Interview

I Love You, Apple, I Love You, Orange: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews director Horam Kim

When I think of mumblecore, I think of Dick Tracy and pornography, low budget films, naturalistic performances, Andrew Bujalski, and pimples. We never set out to make any particular type or genre of film. We just wanted to make our film.

More Extreme: Talking with Lance Olsen on FC2's 40th Birthday photo
November 17, 2014 | Interview

More Extreme: Talking with Lance Olsen on FC2's 40th Birthday

Rachel Levy

Founded in 1974, FC2 is one of America’s best-known ongoing literary experiments and progressive art communities. 

Lance Olsen is the author of twelve novels, one hypertext, five nonfiction

The Challenge: An Interview with Litsa Dremousis on Writing about Death, Grief, and Getting Better photo
October 27, 2014 | Interview

The Challenge: An Interview with Litsa Dremousis on Writing about Death, Grief, and Getting Better

Matthew Simmons (@matthewjsimmons)

Here's the full disclosure: A few months ago, Kevin Sampsell from Future Tense Books contacted me to ask if I wanted to help him create and edit an eBook imprint for his mighty little

The Art of Music Fiction photo
September 26, 2014 | The Art of...

The Art of Music Fiction

an interview with George Clarke, by Aaron Burch

Earlier this year, Tobias Carroll interviewed me and asked, “Your previous book, How to Predict the Weather, had a blurb from Botch/Narrows vocalist Dave Verellen. Has there been any hardcore that’s

Realism Seems So Much Harder: A Conversation with James Sutter photo
September 23, 2014 | Interview

Realism Seems So Much Harder: A Conversation with James Sutter

Matthew Simmons (@matthewjsimmons)

A few months back, I got the opportunity to (once again) indulge the teenage role-playing geek inside me when I got a short-term contract job editing game materials for Paizo, the company

elizabeth ellen calls aaron burch on all his shit photo
September 5, 2014 | Interview

elizabeth ellen calls aaron burch on all his shit

Elizabeth Ellen

let’s start with my most pressing question, one you haven’t answered IRL: WHY DID YOU TURN DOWN BRAD LISTI?

Recent Books

Nudes

Elle Nash

“Transgressive and immediate: you feel these stories shoot through and wrap around you.” 

             - Kyle F. Williams, Full Stop Magazine

 

Worsted

Garielle Lutz

“Lutz’s work is a marvel of the possibilities of language.  Each of her sentences is an intricately crafted thing, deeply complex yet crystalline in its clarity . . . her command of each and every word remains supreme.” --Mira Braneck, The Paris Review Daily

"Worsted sees the undeniable unicorn of the American sentence sprout pearlescent, fractally chiseled wings and take flight like Pegasus over the letters landscape."  --Big Bruiser Dope Boy

 

Her Lesser Work

Elizabeth Ellen

"Her Lesser Work is far and away my favorite of your books, and 'G.O.A.T' in particular is a blast of brilliance."

     -Garielle Lutz

"Um, is 'Plant Hospital' both the hottest story and the hottest piece of literary gossip of the decade?!"

     -Rebecca van Laer