Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Short Takes

Is David Vann's LAST DAY ON EARTH a re-imagining of Vann's own life? Read this review from the AV Club and decide for yourself.
Vann, it seems, has used his writing not to explain or make sense of the violence in his world (and ours), but to place a different version of events alongside it. Maybe somewhere between the real and the imagined, a measure of understanding can be found; in that space, Vann’s literature about violence separates it from literature that is merely violent.
(Congrats to Vann for also winning the St. Francis College Literary Prize for his novel, DIRT! The award was announced September 21 at the opening night gala for the Brooklyn Book Festival.)

Congratulations to Joshua D. Rothman! His book, FLUSH TIMES AND FEVER DREAMS, won the from the Gulf South Historical Association. To be considered, books "should highlight some aspect of the history and/or cultures of the states of the Gulf South and/or the Caribbean Basin."
Michael V.R. Thomason Book Award

The editor of THE CHILDREN'S TABLE, Anna Mae Duane, has a piece in Salon about "Why Flynn is the real hero of 'Breaking Bad.'" Read the article here.

The Rumpus praises Tom Kealey's THIEVES I'VE KNOWN, calling it "[a] powerful collection, mythic in feel." Check out this interview with Kealey about THIEVES I'VE KNOWN over on the Rumpus site.
Rumpus: Your main characters are mostly adolescents or teenagers, but more than that they’re usually poor and—how do we say—under-parented. Is there something about this constellation of characteristics that provokes your storytelling urge?
Kealey: Yes, though I can only take a turn at what that is. I originally came up with the idea of “From Bremerton” when I heard a radio program about how the ferry line from Seattle to Bremerton was being cut back and might actually end. That really caught my attention. I’ve always been interested in things that are disappearing, or are in danger of doing so. So, I wanted to capture one of those ferry rides, and the types of kids, as you described, who live in Bremerton, and how they contrast with this larger world of Seattle. And of course they cross water. Always crossings in my work, it seems…
KTXD's "The Broadcast" talks to Cynthia Lowen about her new book, THE CLOUD THAT CONTAINED THE LIGHTNING, as well as her film, BULLY.