For every 1,000 word story I filed on some aspect of the city, there were 15 pages of notes that didn’t make it into the article. From those marginal observations have sprung a lot of my fiction.
“I don’t know if I’d say that writers “owe it” to be involved in their communities, per say. But I think it’s one way that we can connect to other people and defeat the stereotype that writers prefer isolation/solitary existence.”
I’m with Grace Paley, who said “Write from what you know into what you don’t know.”
So much of our experience falls between the seams of language, simply because language is human-made, but our emotions aren’t.
You don’t have time for anger, depression, hostility, whatever, when you’re involved in and absorbing something so much bigger than yourself.
Three Men, a collection of novellas just released in September 2017 by Texture Press, is Nathan Leslie’s tenth book of fiction. He is also the author of Root and Shoot, Sibs, […]
Writing poetry in general is one way to make sense of it all, to break up what is vast and essentially unknowable, into smaller, more digestible pieces.
When crisis comes, we naturally want to build up and protect love above all.
Mary Miller is the author of the short story collection Big World. Her work has been published in Mcsweeney’s Quarterly, American Short Fiction, the Oxford American, and other journals. A […]
Broken Piano for President by Patrick Wensink ISBN: 9781621050209 http://lazyfascistpress.com/ 1. First off, I really enjoyed reading Broken Piano for President. What was the basis for this book? In other […]