Lydia Netzer: Inhabiting the Other Side of Death

By Flora Stadler I read Lydia Netzer’s novel Shine Shine Shine when I was very pregnant with my second child. Sleeping had become problematic, so I tore through the story—about a willful woman named Sunny and her genius, astronaut husband, who’s lost in space when Sunny gives birth to their second child. The birth scene … Continue reading Lydia Netzer: Inhabiting the Other Side of Death

Joyce Carol Oates: Fantasized into Being

By Flora Stadler I was a runner for half my life. I loved the clarity it gave me. I could outrun the thoughts reeling through my head and clear a space for my mind to wander. In my 40s, my knees decided they’d had enough. So I felt a knowing pang when I read that … Continue reading Joyce Carol Oates: Fantasized into Being

George Saunders: Under Pressure

By Flora Stadler UPDATE: When I received George Sauders' response to my question, I reached out again to ask him if he could tell me about a new pressure-relief method he'd learned for his novel. I didn't expect to hear back, so I wasn't disappointed when I didn't. But then a holiday miracle happened and … Continue reading George Saunders: Under Pressure

Lee McIntyre: Post-Truth & the Perfect Fraud of Deepfake Video

By Flora Stadler I remember once, back when I was a Very Serious Poet recently graduated from liberal arts college, I was talking to my mother about graduate school and she asked if I would consider journalism. “That’s also writing,” she’d said. “It’s not the same thing at all,” I replied, all righteous. But 10 … Continue reading Lee McIntyre: Post-Truth & the Perfect Fraud of Deepfake Video

Tony Earley: Writing Past the Sucker Punch

By Flora Stadler Most writers I know would say their relationship to writing is complicated. Periods of inspiration make the world feel as if it’s unfolding just for you. But inspiration comes when it wants, a lot like sadness. Tony Earley, author of the beautiful novel Jim the Boy, and its equally dazzling sequel The … Continue reading Tony Earley: Writing Past the Sucker Punch