Lynda Schor Interview

I’ve been aware of FC2, or, as it used to be, the Fiction Collective, for as long as I’ve been writing. I’ve always been interested in unusual, innovative, and transgressive fiction. When Janice Eidus offered to sponsor my collection of stories, I was thrilled. I always felt FC2 is where I belong.

A Prose Aesthetic of Progress: The Formal Evolutions of Forts, Chairs, Painting, and Michael Martone

It’s funny about Fort Wayne, why it’s a fort; do you know why it was so strategic? It was on a continental divide, but it’s only a matter of like, ten feet, not like the Rocky Mountains. Before there were roads, before there were cars, people traveled around in canoes. It is a strange quirk in the geology of glaciers. Two rivers meet in Fort Wayne but the resulting river, the Maumee, flows back in the direction of its tributaries.

Lucy Corin Interview

Before I could read and write I dictated things to my father. A play called “The Ducks” I remember because I upset my mother. The cast was: Dad: King of the Ducks, Lucy: Queen of the Ducks, Lucy’s Best Friend: Princess of the Ducks, Mom: Servant of the Ducks. It was mostly about a swimming pool, I think.

Brian Evenson Interview

I think the relationship between ethics and art is a complex and vexed relationship. The art I’m most interested in is art that questions what we tend to take for granted. Ethics, both on an individual and social level, segment our lives, setting up velocities or boundaries, giving us safety nets, regulating our relationship with ourselves and others. Art at the very least causes us to look at our segmentation in a new way, causes us to develop a new awareness of the ethical field that regulates us.

Peter Spielberg Interview

The Noctambulists is a selection of stories written after the publication of my previous collection. Two of the stories were written in the mid ’80s; the others in the ’90s. Combined they were meant to deal with fin de siècle angst and point forward to the hazards and follies of the coming century.

Elisabeth Sheffield Interview

The first most difficult thing for me about being a writer is writing. I find it hard, painfully hard, nearly every day. And while you didn’t ask what the second most difficult thing is, I’m going to tell you anyway: not writing. Not in the sense, of course, of actually doing something else instead (e.g. opening my e-mail program, the New York Times web page, or googling for cancer symptoms). But in the sense that when I’m not writing, I don’t feel like I’m a writer.