Courtney Maum

An Interview with Richard Haddon, Protagonist of Courtney Maum’s I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN HERE WITHOUT YOU

Usually we email authors for our Word About Writing series. But I couldn’t resist asking protagonist Richard Haddon a few quick questions this time around. Richard isn’t a heroic character. Though he wishes he was a better man, a heroic man, and not a cheat. We follow Richard as he tries to rectify his mistakes in Courtney Maum’s debut novel, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You. It’s an ambitious book. Unique. And, like Maum, hilarious.

New Yorkers, check out Maum’s book launch party, tonight at Powerhouse Arena, co-hosted by the awesome folks at Electric Literature.

And without further ado, a Q&A with Richard Haddon by Celia Johnson, Creative Director of Slice.

Biggest regret: Thinking I could get away with it.

Most proud of: The fact that I have a decent relationship with my parents.

Favorite food: Fries and gravy. (a.k.a., Poutine.)

Boxers or briefs? Depends on the pants!

When I’m stressed, I…: Think about things that stress me out more, like whether Anne I should have had—or should be making—another child, and whether such baby-making would help me win her back.

At the top of my bucket list: Take my wife on a movie-dinner date, except ratchet it up: a movie at the historical Japanese art house cinema, La Pagode in Paris, followed by sweetbreads at Chateaubriand.

This summer, I will…: Run the Swiffer picker upper through the detritus of my life.



Courtney Maum

The latest installment of our weekly podcast series features a reading from Courtney Maum. Click here to listen to Courtney read from “The Arts and Crafts Section,” which appears in Issue 12: Obsession.

Courtney Maum is a humor columnist for Electric Literature and Barrelhouse, an advice columnist for Tin House, and a book reviewer for BOMB Magazine. She has a novel entitled John Mayer Reviews Things and a blog where you can read more of her work if you’d like:

Series curator Tim Mucci has been published by Slice magazineand has done comic scriptwriting for both Dark Horse Comics and Sterling Publishing’s All-Action Classics series. He knows about UFOs, dragons, the occult and other stuff and is excited to be talking about Clark Ashton Smith on his other podcast The Double Shadow. He lives in Brooklyn with his artist wife and cat (not an artist); you can send him donuts via his twitter account: @timx13.

Music featured in this podcast:
Balkan Balagan – Bay Mir Bistu Shayn
Balkan Balagan – Intro
Balkan Balagan – Sherele
Homecoming Kings – Icecream Girl

Author photo by Diego Ongaro

Header illustration by Andrea Sparacio (