“I first saw Apocalypse Now when I was not yet a teenager, and it was way too soon to see it. My voice would shake when I talked about it later, even in college. So I wanted to take my revenge on that movie and all of the Hollywood canon about the war, for as I say in the novel, this is the first case in history where the losers get to write the history.”
My parents were Brooklynites, urban Jews who moved to a rural town in New Jersey after they married. We were raised to believe we were in exile, that somewhere a better place awaited us where we would truly be at home. I’ve done a lot of moving around in my life, looking for that place, and eventually I found it in my work.
by Ann Fisher-Wirth and Maude Schuyler Clay
Poems and photographs from Mississippi, an ongoing collaborative work-in-progress.
by Julia Mahony
“Just come visit, and I’ll introduce you to her all day long” — Rob Gipe on the origins of Dawn, the young protagonist of Trampoline.
When I was younger, I was drawn to activities for which I had a natural aptitude, but discovered that I couldn’t feel really passionate about something that didn’t require more of me than I thought I was able to give. I’ve learned a lot about how to be brave and vulnerable, fearless and reverent by fighting and writing my way forward.
by Chris Cander
She didn’t understand when a neighbor said she could hang up a line for her “warsh” or that the likelihood for rain was “chancy.” The idea that a man “hain’t good for nothing” was not quite as difficult to comprehend. . . as the idea that “he don’t know no better.”
by Evelyn Somers
There’s nothing monotonous about the intensity of Hadley’s perspective, even if her gaze is often turned on the details of daily life.