Thursday, May 23, 2013

Small Change in the Chicago Tribune

Very excited to see my short story Small Change in Printers Row at the Chicago Tribune. I wrote an essay about the somewhat terrifying process of writing this story, here. Printers Row is an awesome literary supplement/journal, and you can subscribe here if you're interested!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hilary Mantel

This interview with Hilary Mantel is terrific, especially this bit:

Memoir’s not an easy form. It’s not for beginners, which is unfortunate, as it is where many people do begin. It’s hard for beginners to accept that unmediated truth often sounds unlikely and unconvincing. If other people are to care about your life, art must intervene. The writer has to negotiate with her memories, and with her reader, and find a way, without interrupting the flow, to caution that this cannot be a true record: this is a version, seen from a single viewpoint. But she has to make it as true as she can. Writing a memoir is a process of facing yourself, so you must do it when you are ready.