Alexandra Chasin Interview

The author’s role is to write whatever she wants to write however she wants to write it. If authors have strong political opinions, and if they wish to persuade other people of the righteousness of their opinions or even galvanize people into action, in that way they are no different from other people with strong political opinions.

Lance Olsen on Nietzsche’s Kisses

Nietzsche’s Kisses endured an extraordinarily long gestation period — in a sense, nearly thirty years. There are many Nietzsches, of course, and the one I fell in love with first was the existentialist in a philosophy course on the subject I took as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin in 1976 or 1977. I adored his fierce, aphoristic intelligence, his ability to termite through assumptions, his refusal to see the world simply.

C. W. Cannon Interview

The “experimental” tag can be as much a millstone as a term of praise, because the mainstream literary fiction establishment has very narrow guidelines as to what constitutes good fiction and they (reviewers, publishers, booksellers) are apt to slam the gate on “experimental” work so readers don’t have to be challenged by it (but I guess these observations won’t come as a shock from an FC2 author).

Lidia Yuknavitch Interview

Not only do I sometimes move toward the performative myself in readings, but I also love it when other people perform the “voices” or “scenes” without me. And perhaps more to the point, my man human, Andy Mingo, is working on a third film adaptation of one of my stories.

Norman Lock Interview

I came to write the first stories, which would six years later become A History of the Imagination, as a game of chance. I was reading Cage. I liked the possibilities for play in his aleatory games. I wanted to make a box full of Duchampian readymades. I wanted to fashion some toys for myself.

Cris Mazza Interview

Sometimes I am surprised at what unsettles people. I do not sit down with the objective to ‘shock’ or make any attempt to be outrageous. That would be the business mode of a circus freak show. And yet I always think about the old cliché ‘art is meant to provoke’ when I’m told that readers are disturbed or unsettled by my work. It means I’m doing something right.