A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions
An Interview with Peter Levine, by Celia Johnson
Years ago we published a story called “Havasu” by Peter Levine. I distinctly remember accepting it because it was one of those rare cases when the entire editorial team roots for a piece. “Havasu” is a comical tale about a visit to a masseuse. The protagonist, Cody, is led astray by his own assumptions about Tom Mahoney, who, it seems, can do no wrong. The Appearance of a Hero, Levine’s debut book, is a collection of stories about Tom Mahoney. These tales are as much about a man who soars most tragically into myth, as they are about his influence on the people around him. Levine spoke to me candidly about being a writer, from his creative process to the business of getting published.
Writer Jean McGarry described your protagonist Tom Mahoney as “a Twenty-First Century Gatsby,” which seems apt given Mahoney’s mythic status and tragic life. Was Gatsby an inspiration? And was there otherwise an encounter or a personal relationship that precipitated the book?
I hadn’t thought of Gatsby, though the parallel makes sense in a lot of ways. One difference, however, is that the character of Tom doesn’t really work to create his own mystique the way... Read more
In the Telling
In our latest installment of the In the Telling series, listen to Scott Lambridis read part of his story “Laurent,” which appears in Issue 13: The Unknown.
Scott Lambridis’s debut novel, The Many Raymond Days, received the 2012 Dana Award. The novel, about a scientist who discovers the end of time, is... Read more
Encounters in Publishing
#38: Ain’t Nobody’s Fault, by Liz Mathews
People are fallible. I’m sorry if this is news to you, but you were probably going to learn it someday. The thing about everyone—every single darn person in the world—being capable of making mistakes is that so many of us don’t really want to accept the blame for them when they happen.
Case in point: a recent Monday. So many... Read more
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NYC Event of the Week
Auster on Poe: A Conversation with Paul Auster and Isaac Gewirtz
Thursday, January 16th @ 7:00pm
The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (use entrance at 42nd St between 5th and 6th)
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