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A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions

An Interview with Mallory Ortberg, by Celia Johnson

Mallory Ortberg

Imagine your favorite character was handed a cell phone. Now she can text her crush, her best friend, her enemy… And so it goes in Texts From Jane Eyre, by Mallory Ortberg. Sherlock Holmes reaches out to Watson from a drug den. Scarlett O’Hara sends inappropriate sexts to Ashley. Some of the most famous and beloved interactions from classic literature are reimagined as sequences of texts in this hilarious collection. As Rachel Fershleiser observed, “This is the smartest, most highbrow, most sophisticated literary book that will ever make you pee yourself in public.” I spoke with Ortberg about the best and worst fictional texters, writers who make her laugh, and more.

How did you come up with the concept for Texts from Jane Eyre?

I’ve talked about this in a few interviews, but it actually came from a piece Nicole Cliffe, my business partner, wrote over at the Awl a few years ago for part of her Classic Trash series. She’d written about Gone With The Wind, and one of the commenters mentioned that he’d grown up in the south and that things there were pretty much the same, only now everyone had cell phones. The idea of Scarlett O’Hara... Read more

In the Telling

#23: Erin Somers

In our latest installment of the In the Telling series, listen to Erin Somers read “Regret,” which appears in Issue 15: Hope.

Erin Somers was the recipient of the 2013 Neil Shepard Fiction Prize. Her writing has appeared in Green Mountains Review, One Teen Story, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the... Read more

Encounters in Publishing

#63 An Interview with Kyle Lucia Wu, MFA Candidate at The New School, by Paul Florez

Kyle Lucia Wu is a second year MFA student at The New School. I first met her last year when we were wide-eyed first years in Dale Peck’s (author of “The Garden of Lost and Found”) workshop and immediately admired her ability to write wayward characters looking for connections in dangerous places. She is currently balancing the responsibilities of being... Read more

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