A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions
An Interview with Vanessa Blakeslee, by Celia Johnson
There isn’t one unifying factor to tie together the stories in Vanessa Blakeslee’s Train Shots, and therein lies its appeal. Each story is its own universe, a vivid and sometimes graphic arena, where characters deal with break-ups, violence, suicide, and more. Blakeslee, a Slice alum, doesn’t shy away from the gritty underbelly of life, though she also pinpoints in dark moments elements of hope. I spoke to Blakeslee about her superb endings (you’ll carry them with you), her disparate subject matter, and her creative process.
A train driver who hits a woman on the tracks, a mother dealing with a violent son, a man who has lost his lung… Your stories are broad-spanning, and yet you offer intimate details about each character. Which characters do you feel closest to in this collection, and which were the most difficult to capture?
The characters I felt closest to while writing the stories were the narrator in “Welcome, Lost Dogs,” the pop icon protagonist in “Princess of Pop,” as well as the female heroines in “The Sponge Diver” and “Don’t Forget the Beignets.” I also felt close to P.T., the engineer in “Train Shots.” While all of the characters I just cited are female with... Read more
In the Telling
In our latest installment of the In the Telling series, listen to Scott Lambridis read part of his story “Laurent,” which appears in Issue 13: The Unknown.
Scott Lambridis’s debut novel, The Many Raymond Days, received the 2012 Dana Award. The novel, about a scientist who discovers the end of time, is... Read more
Encounters in Publishing
#37: A Word on Old-School Submissions, by Timothy Wojcik
Like most literary journals and other publications in these technologically-driven days, our agency only accepts submissions via the internet. We have a very straightforward form on our website—hit submit, and it compiles all the information from the form into a handy email in our submissions inbox. Long gone are the days of shoeboxes filled with novel manuscripts arriving at our... Read more
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NYC Event of the Week
Auster on Poe: A Conversation with Paul Auster and Isaac Gewirtz
Thursday, January 16th @ 7:00pm
The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (use entrance at 42nd St between 5th and 6th)
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