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February 15, 2024 | Interview

Fiery Hells of Our Own: An Interview with Benjamin Drevlow

Sheldon Lee Compton

What I mean is I write auto-biographical fiction and as such I’m a habitual and unrepentant liar-liar-pants-on-fire sheep in wolf’s clothing.

February 9, 2024 | Interview

Chaos Questions with Michael Lafontaine

Sheldon Lee Compton

Full facial tattoo or painlessly losing your lips. One has to happen. What is it going to be? What’s that facial tattoo going to be? How’re you going to face the world without those lips?

February 5, 2024 | Interview

Greta & Valdin

Anna Dorn

Rebecca K. Reilly’s debut novel Greta & Valdin was a bestseller in her home country of New Zealand in 2021, and today it’s being released in the US and the UK. Pitched as Schitt’s Creek meets

January 27, 2024 | Interview

Chaos Questions with Ben Loory

Sheldon Lee Compton

I also have a white t-shirt I like a lot that says JOHN PRINE IS PRETTY GOOD, but I don't actually wear it because it comes down to my knees.

January 4, 2024 | Interview

The Art of a Boring Diary, The Point of a Memoir: An Interview With Alice Carrière

Andie Blaine

Normalcy has no moment to collapse because it is absent from the start.

November 14, 2023 | Interview

You Aren't Canceled! Lexi Freiman on The Book of Ayn

Anna Dorn

Australian author Lexi Freiman’s second novel, The Book of Ayn, is the funniest book of the year. In it, a writer named Anna struggles to find meaning after being canceled for her “classist” book. To

November 10, 2023 | Interview

FICTION ISN’T REAL: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Dennis Cooper

Elizabeth Ellen

“He couldn’t decide if he wanted to draw David, fuck him, beat him up or fall in love with him.”

            -Dennis Cooper, Closer

 

When I first began earnestly wanting to be a writer,

October 9, 2023 | Interview

Tamara MC in Conversation with Athena Dixon, author of The Loneliness Files

Tamara MC, Ph.D.

What does a lifetime of loneliness look like, feel like in the body? Athena Dixon examines this question in her second book, The Loneliness Files, published by Tin House, and edited by one of my

October 3, 2023 | Interview

Sending Up Autofiction: Melissa Broder on Death Valley

Anna Dorn

Internet celebrity Melissa Broder’s third novel is what one Goodreads user accurately deemed an “existential horny cactus western.”

August 15, 2023 | Interview

On Shape, Repetition, and Strangeness: Tao Lin interviews Jesse Nathan

Tao Lin

To repeat something can be a form of stuckness. But it can also be an ecstatic cry.

August 11, 2023 | Interview

Nobody Remembers Participating in a Mob: EE interviews Stephen Elliott

Elizabeth Ellen

I did become very close to many people in the McSweeney’s universe. A lot of those people were great, and a lot of them were just ambitious people with no integrity whatsoever.

July 28, 2023 | Interview

“A magpie for weird”: Jessie Gaynor on her debut novel The Glow

Anna Dorn

Definitely one poet holdover is just being a magpie for weird

July 18, 2023 | Interview

Nan Goldin, Depeche Mode, Academic Integrity & Moral Goodness: EE interviews Nazli Koca 

Elizabeth Ellen

I’m interested in these conversations more than anything else, moments in which we care for and about each other in a world that says nothing’s more important than self-care after a productive day at work, where we’re constantly pit against each other, forced to compete with our peers to earn and preserve the right to exist.

July 11, 2023 | Interview

Ruth Madievsky on her "vibe-based" novel All-Night Pharmacy

Anna Dorn

Ruth Madievsky’s debut novel All-Night Pharmacy has everything I want from a book: a toxic sister relationship, countless nights at a seedy LA nightclub, and an unexpected sapphic romance. After her

May 26, 2023 | Interview

Jack Skelley on 'The Complete Fear Of Kathy Acker,' Breaking Rules, Disneyland, and BBLs

Andie Blaine

Bliss can flip into alienation and back into elation, adding to the teasing uncertainty of identity.

May 17, 2023 | Interview

Exponentially Femme: Jenny Fran Davis on Dykette

Anna Dorn

like HFCA is kind of artless manipulation 
it’s not subtle
 

February 15, 2023 | Interview

Jen Beagin on her “fast-paced and horny” novel Big Swiss

Anna Dorn

I guess my approach is not to take myself too seriously, which sounds kind of dumb and obvious, and just to write the sort of book I most like to read, which is usually something heavy but also light on its feet, fast-paced and horny, and generally not too full of itself.

February 6, 2023 | Interview

Ask the Duskjacket: an interview with Bruce Wagner

Elizabeth Ellen

Now I don’t care anymore. I’m writing posthumously; I’m invisible now – like an “aging actress”!

January 9, 2023 | Interview

My Luncheon with Elizabeth

Victor Glass

When I was a younger man in my early 20s slumming about Watauga County in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina living off of sacks of potatoes, Top Ramen, and 50 cent day-old bread from Jimmy John's in the midst of a youthful exploration of self-discovery, my primary means of spiritual sustenance being $2 40 oz bottles of malt liquor, my relationships with scoundrels, endearing friends, an abundance of hedonism, a lack of responsibility, a poor boy’s decadence, bright-eyed women, and Kamel Red cigarettes, Elizabeth Ellen was the first literary publisher to accept any work that I’d submitted. This was circa 2014. Felt that she was the Hackmuth to my Great Bandini.

September 29, 2022 | Interview

Alex Perez on The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, baseball, growing up Cuban-American in Miami & saying goodbye to the literary community

Elizabeth Ellen

What connects people isn’t color or creed or gender or stupid political taxonomies, but the existential despair that comes for us all. How do you respond to that despair once it comes for you? I never feel closer to a person than when they share a piece of their despair with me, and rarely, if ever, does it have anything to do with politics or ideology. It’s always about loneliness or heartbreak or loss, etc. It’s about life. The best art reflects that despair we all face back at us; it doesn’t separate us from other people.

September 9, 2022 | Interview

Stir It Up: Katie Gutierrez talks about family recipes, writing with limited childcare, and her new novel More Than You’ll Ever Know

Hannah Grieco

Once upon a time, long before she was on Good Morning America, I met the kindest writer on Twitter. Not only was she a relatable mother-writer, but she also understood Scrivener. This was absolutely

August 31, 2022 | Interview

"Style, jokes, slapstick, serious ideas, and shit-talk"

Nick Farriella

"Style, jokes, slapstick, serious ideas, and shit-talk"
A Flash Book Review of "The Apology" and Brief Interview with Christian TeBordo

When you work in an office (or maybe any job, but in my

August 30, 2022 | Interview

High School Romance: Garielle Lutz interviews Marston Hefner

Garielle Lutz

Often when I got poor grades as a child, and I often did, I would be told that if I wanted to be the CEO of Playboy I had to do better in school.

August 25, 2022 | Interview

Stir It Up: Leigh Chadwick talks about Leigh Chadwick and her new poetry collection Your Favorite Poet

Hannah Grieco

You’ve heard of Leigh Chadwick, of course. She’s a force of nature, a clear, true Twitter voice, even your favorite poet, perhaps? She’s a writer whose poetry combines form and imagery in unique,

June 22, 2022 | Interview

Stir It Up: Chloe N. Clark talks about John Wick, cheese, and her new poetry collection EVERY SONG A VENGEANCE

Hannah Grieco

Chloe N. Clark is a writer, teacher, editor, and frequent Twitter chef. (See here.) I’ve taken a ton of her poetry and prose workshops, and been lucky enough to have published two stories in the

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