The good folks over at Emprise Review have just posted a new interview with yours truly, courtesy of Editor Patrick McAllaster. We cover a nice bit of ground in the discussion including lit-minimalism insanity, e-books, podcasting, being cruel to your characters, and what makes female pro-wrestlers so damn interesting.
Here is a small sample. You can read entire interview here.
On our way home, we were debating about the exhibit, and I just couldn’t come around to appreciating what [Ellsworth] Kelly had done, no matter how valiantly my girlfriend tried to explain Kelly’s approach (to have our minds derive certain intrinsic meanings from the shapes on the canvas). This somehow led me to making a joke about how ridiculous the same approach would be in fiction. Out of nowhere I had this idea of a militant minimalist writer, who was getting up at readings and launching into one-word short stories. The ultimate in minimalism! And this writer would hate the audience for not getting it. Over a few glasses of wine the idea expanded. After a while, this writer would even hate words, viewing them as the death of literature. Words were the problem! The sillier the idea became, the more I liked it. And it expanded out from satirizing minimalist art to also mocking a lot of the writers I’ve seen in the past few years who are too focused on experimentation, such as some of the folks who get all jazzed up over the idea of flash fiction revolutionizing literature.