In her essay collection Impossible Loves (Rock Paper Tiger Press), Erin McNellis touches on such varied subjects as Christian mystic Simone Weil, Georges Bataille, Timothy Treadwell, Burning Man, and Werner Herzog without losing focus on the embarrassing, complex and impossible emotion that feeds most art—love.
Erin McNellis received a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine for her research on forms of attention in 20th-century American poetry. She blogs about poetry, ethics, and pop culture at http://uncomplicatedly.wordpress.com.
You speak of “Wisdom” and how it affects us, its consequences, its light. In a few words, can you summarize your
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James Rahn taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania for fifteen years and has an MFA from Columbia University. His stories and articles have appeared in several magazines. In 1988 he started the Rittenhouse Writers’ Group in Philadelphia. His collection of linked stories Bloodnight is an earnest and gritty rendering of the broken Jersey resort towns in the ‘70s.
You grew up in Atlantic City?
Yeah, a strange place and a strange upbringing. When I was growing up, Atlantic City was becoming a ghost town. Tourists were traveling farther, to newer trendier places. The summer season in AC got
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Matthew Revert is an author of disturbing nonsense. His writing explores the absurdity of everyday life and the hopelessness of being human. Themes of sexual failure, body horror, destructive relationships and gender identity often play a roll in his work. This is intermingled with a thread of dark tragicomedy. He’s basically a filth-monger with heart.
His first book, A Million Versions of Right, was released in 2009 by LegumeMan and earned a Wonderland Book award nomination. It has garnered a strong following amongst the mustard set and has received praise for its width. In 2010, stories from A Million Versions
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Halvor Aakhus was born and raised in southern Indiana, on the Ohio River. There, he practiced the piano until 1999, when he went to the Jacobs School to study composition but soon abandoned music for various kitchen jobs and graveyard shifts at gas stations.
The first decade of the new millennium is a blur. Despite himself, Aakhus earned a B.A. in Mathematics (2006) and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida (2011). Aakhus’ debut novel Book of Knut: A Novel by Knut Knudson has been turned into a math textbook. It contains musical scores and
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Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire has been writing Lovecraftian horror fiction since the early 1970s, beginning when he served as a Mormon missionary in Ulster. His work has been highly influenced by the Golden Age of Weird Tales and by those authors that August Derleth published with Arkham House. Yet this old-time traditional writing has been tainted by Pugmire’s lifestyle as queer punk rocker, resulting in a curious blend of the past and modern culture. His goal as an author is to be Lovecraftian-up-ye-arse. His books for 2012 include Uncommon Places, The Strange Dark One–Tales Of Nyarlathotep, and Encounters With Enoch Coffin.
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Michelle Pretorius: Dalkey Archive Press focuses on literary, experimental fiction. Could you talk about some of the other things you look for as an editor when you read a new manuscript? Is there a set criteria?
Jeremy M. Davies, Senior Editor of Dalkey Archive Press: No, there’s no set criteria, which makes this question (a frequent one) very difficult to answer, no matter how many times it gets asked! Each of the books we like or publish harbors a fundamental ‘suspicion’ toward the assumptions of narrative, and this suspicion is shared by as many great novelists considered ‘traditional’ as by
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Ethel Rohan is the author of Hard to Say, PANK, 2011. Hard to Say won PANK’s 2010 Little Books Contest and is currently available in print and on Kindle.Hard to Say wants YOU! Visit Ethel at ethelrohan.com.
How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
My upbringing sometimes felt like riding a naked wild horse, with only its harsh mane to hold onto. I’d get so afraid on those gallops I’d let go of the horse and hit the ground hard. I can still sometimes hear the clop of my childhood and feel the build of hooves till
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What’s your view of literature today?
Literature is dead, of course. It has been imprisoned by the universities, gutted and filleted by the Good Gray Ladies of Art, and walled off by the bottom line mentality of the publishing houses. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but all the great, quirky authors of the last century are either dead or dying. Marguerite Duras, Camilo Jose Cela, Robbe-Grillet have all passed recently. Has anyone risen to take their place? Is there another blind librarian in some South American town ready to continue the tradition of Jorge Luis Borges? Marquez survives, last
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I met Alan Michael Parker during the spring of 2010. A month or so afterward, we had the chance to put together an interview in which we discussed his work and his attempts to explore the “boundaries between what a reader knows and learns.”
Alan Michael Parker is the author of two novels, including Whale Man (WordFarm, 2011) and Cry Uncle, along with seven collections of poems, Days Like Prose, The Vandals, Love Song with Motor Vehicles, A Peal of Sonnets, Elephants & Butterflies, Ten Days (with painter Herb Jackson), and Long Division (forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2012). He
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Nicola Masciandaro is Associate Professor of English at Brooklyn College (CUNY) and a specialist in medieval literature. Recent publications include: “Decapitating Cinema” (And They Were Two In One And One In Two, co-edited with Eugene Thacker), “Metal Studies and the Scission of the Word” (Journal of Cultural Research), “Unknowing Animals” (Speculations), “Non potest hoc corpus decollari: Beheading and the Impossible” (Heads Will Roll: Decapitation in Medieval Literature and Culture), “Exploding Plasticity” (French Theory Today: And Introduction to Possible Futures), and “Getting Anagogic” (Rhizomes). He is the editor of the journal Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary, co-director
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