classic you’ve been meaning to read
War and Peace – Will I read it? Maybe. Who knows. Perhaps when the world stands still and gives me a week or two off. And when it does, no, I won't do your laundry.
last book to make you laugh out loud
I think Russell Edson's The Song of Percival Peacock – which I'm not yet done with. It has made me laugh so many times I just can't believe it.
book you borrowed and never returned
Can't think of any. But, whoever borrowed Scott Poole's Hiding From Salesmen wouldja please give it back?
most treasured book in your collection
There isn't one. I have a "favorites shelf.” The left hand side of the shelf is most likely the most treasured bunch because they are fabulous books by authors I either know well, have met or have sent an e-mail to two to: Ray Vukcevich's Meet Me In the Moon Room, Barry Yourgrau's Wearing Dad's Head, Randall Brown's Mad to Live, Tania Hershman's The White Road, several by David Wagoner, Bruce Holland Rogers, Susan Zwinger.
There are also a bunch of authors I don't know personally, but would love to: Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn), Donald Barthelme (Sixty Stories), Cormac McCarthy (The Road). I need a bigger shelf.
secret crush on a writer or literary character
Some secrets are not meant to be told.
book you’ve planted on a coffee table to impress someone
I don't have a coffee table nor do I want one. People are usually impressed by how I dress. My mother describes my personal style as "Eccentric Camper." I've been known to wear flannel shirts, hiking boots and even the occasional bandana.
if you could subscribe to only one literary journal
Too hard and painful of a decision. I love lit mags and I want to subscribe to tons and tons and tons and tons and tons of them.
best thing you’ve read online recently
Best? Oh, there is so much! Starting with Wigleaf's Top 50 and on. There is some fabulous writing online these days. I can't keep up with all of it.
recommended reading list:
Cool Sounding Small Press Books That Haven’t Yet Come Out, But I Know the Authors’ Work And They Are Damn Good, So Therefore I Will Preorder And So Should You
- In an Uncharted Country by Cliff Garstang (Press 53)
- Beasts and Violins by Caleb Barber (Red Hen Press)
- Rattlesnakes and The Moon by Darlin Neal (Press 53)
- Now Playing by Shellie Zacharia (Keyhole Press)
- The Book of Want by Daniel Olivas (University of Arizona Press)
- The Mansion of Happiness by Robin Ekiss (University of Georgia Press)