Karen Russell reads from her collection of short stories Vampires in the Lemon Grove published by Alfred A. Knopf. We talk about the imagination and the making of short stories or a novel. We also talk about Florida and “Swamplandia!” and the weather (of all things!).
Christine Montross reads from her book Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis published by Penguin Press. We talk about ambiguity, doubt, and the inherent discomfort doctors have with helplessness. We also talk about the writing of a memoir as a way to more deeply understand the stories we are living and the stories of others.
Aaron McCollough reads from his book of poems Underlight published by Ugly Duckling Presse (2012). We talk about music, forms, and the book in an increasingly digital world. We also talk about the American self and passion.