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A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions

An Interview with Murray Farish, by Celia Johnson

Murray Farish

Murray Farish’s characters are familiar at first. One could be your neighbor, that person you pass on the street, maybe a relative. A few might even seem pretty close to you. Then each story grows darker. Some of his tales dip suddenly. Others sink gradually, so that you are unaware of the depths you’ve reached until the very end. Farish’s debut collection, Inappropriate Behavior, was recently released by Milkweed Editions and, as T.M. McNally observes, “These stories are the gift of a serious and electric talent.” I spoke with Farish about his dark and twisted subject matter, his creative process, and his literary heroes, who all became famous later in life.

Harper Lee once said of investigating a mass murder with Truman Capote: “It was deep calling to deep.” And you seem to share a similar fascination with people who cross certain lines to the terror of those around them. Does your fascination spring from a particular experience or time?

I think—at least I think it’s true for me—that writers are stuck with their subjects, and transgression seems to be one of mine. I don’t know whether that comes from a particular experience or time, or whether it just fits... Read more

In the Telling

Kyle McCord

In our latest installment of the In the Telling series, listen to Kyle McCord read two poems that appear in Issue 13: The Unknown.    Kyle McCord is the author of three books of poetry: Galley of the Beloved in Torment (Dream Horse Press, 2009), a co-written book of epistolary poems entitled Informal Invitations to a... Read more

Encounters in Publishing

#54: An Interview with Editor Matthew Daddona

In seven weeks, the book industry’s brightest editors, agents, and authors will take over Brooklyn for the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference on September 6 and 7. We’re featuring early chats with some of our panelists for a glimpse into life in their corner of the industry. This week, Plume/Penguin Random House editor Matthew Daddona offers his perspective on... Read more

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