Thanks to Mike Ingram and Tom McAllister for hosting me on this week’s episode of Book Fight! You can find the episode here or wherever you do your podcast listening. (I like Spotify.)
The story I chose for our discussion is Joyce Carol Oates’ “How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House of Correction and Began My Life Over Again”—which also has a subtitle, but you know, isn’t it long enough already?
Seriously, this story has had a big impact on me as a writer, and in the episode, I begin trying to explain why. Additionally, we talk about my own new story collection, The Adventure of the Castle Thief and Other Expeditions and Indiscretions (is that subtitle really necessary?), about teaching at George Mason University, about short stories, about genre fiction, about… well, give it a listen and see where things go.