Interview with Michael Rectenwald (’97)

"I was afraid of the strangeness at Naropa, so I clung to Ginsberg, who seemed familiar. That Allen Ginsberg was perhaps the least bizarre person around should tell you much about Naropa." 1. What’s the relationship of your critical/analytic writing (19th-century scientific naturalism, discussions of Darwin, George Eliot) to your...

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Interview with Dave Megenhardt (’91)

"Cataclysms are associated with war, famine or natural disasters, but this region has been undergoing a slow-moving, inexorable decline for decades due to economic restructuring, global competition, free trade, and wage stagnation that looked at with a longer lens surely resembles a bloodless war.  These characters stumble across that...

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Interview with Audrey Lavin (’84)

"When I was writing my first murder mystery, then untitled, I asked the Wednesday Writers Workshop for suggestions for a title. I was in favor of Thesis Interruptis." 1. You're an academic, author of Aspects of the Novelist (1995) and numerous journal articles. How did you come to write mysteries as well? I was pleased with...

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Interview with Jeff Morgan (’99)

We’ve probably all found ourselves falling into the abyss while explaining a joke. Comedy is hard. Comic theory is harder." 1. Why does comic poetry make people uncomfortable? If someone says comic poetry to me, I think of something like “jest ‘fore Christmas I’m as good as I kin be!”...

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