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Hobart Picks the 2011 Season photo
November 1, 2011 | Non-Reader Spotlight

Hobart Picks the 2011 Season

In April, we ran our first ever "Hobart expert picks" for the 2011 baseball season. With the season just now over, we thought it would be fun to revisit our picks, and the season in general. Here

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

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

Cities are Beautiful Creatures   10 Questions for Alex Shakar photo
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

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

An Interview with Brock Clarke photo
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

An Interview With Bradford Morrow photo
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

Interview With: The NewVillager photo
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”

An Interview with Shya Scanlon (Part 1) photo
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

An Interview with Grace Krilanovich photo
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

An Interview with Justin Taylor photo
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

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

An Interview with Laird Hunt (Part 2) photo
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)


 

THE REIFICATION OF FICTION
 

Ruland: When last we talked, you recommended some

An Interview with Kevin Sampsell photo
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

An Interview with Laird Hunt (Part 1) photo
January 1, 2010 | Interview

An Interview with Laird Hunt (Part 1)

Jim Ruland

A Conversation with Laird Hunt

A criminal operative helps a woman fill her shelves with mundane objects. A gentleman with psychic powers reflects on the days before his wife went insane. A

An Interview with Katie Bowler and Matthew Specktor photo
December 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Katie Bowler and Matthew Specktor

Anna Clark

(Editor's note: this month, I asked a former Warren Wilson classmate of mine, Anna Clark, to – in a virtual setting – sit down with two other former classmates on the occasion of the publication of

An Interview with Victor LaValle photo
November 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Victor LaValle

Amy Minton

AMY: Hello, Victor. Thank you for agreeing to talk with me again. As with our last interview, I'd like to start with a quote — not from Bruce Campbell this time, but from the epigraph of your

An Interview with Patrick deWitt photo
October 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Patrick deWitt

Matthew Simmons

The drinking life has been rendered in print on so many occasions, it seems unlikely that anyone could find anything new to say about it. It seems unlikely, but then Patrick DeWitt's

An Interview with Molly Gaudry photo
October 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Molly Gaudry

Amy Minton

Molly Gaudry yanked me back from a depressing precipice. For the past three weeks I've been immersed in the world of Cormac McCarthy, climbing inside his mind via his newly opened archive at Texas

An Interview with Kyle Beachy photo
September 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Kyle Beachy

Jensen Whelan

Kyle Beachy's debut novel The Slide is the kind of first novel that makes you happy for the presence of books in the world. It's weird and wild and hilarious and touching all at once. This book

An Interview with J. Robert Lennon photo
September 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with J. Robert Lennon

Andrew Ervin

I first read J. Robert Lennon in a short-lived lit mag out of Philly called Night Rally. I picked up a copy of the first issue at Borders after a Michael Chabon reading in October 2000, and

An Interview with Larry Fondation photo
July 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Larry Fondation

Brian Allen Carr

Larry Fondation is the author of four books, all of which display his mastery at quilting micro and short fictions to create large bodied tales.

His latest collection, Unintended

An Interview with Jedediah Berry photo
June 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Jedediah Berry

Jensen Whelan

Jedediah Berry's first novel The Manual of Detection came out in February from the Penguin Press to uniformly awesome reviews from places like the New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, The

An Interview with Norman Lock photo
May 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Norman Lock

Blake Butler

NOTES ON GRIM TALES

 

I see the dates on the work go from 1996-2004. Were these written one by one and then later compiled in a certain order? How did the construction process for Grim

An Interview with Joe Meno photo
May 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Joe Meno

Douglas Light

Joe Meno is the author of six books, most recently the story collection Demons in the Spring and The Boy Detective Fails. His new novel, The Great Perhaps, is out in May.

 

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