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What I'm Giving | December 5, 2013 1 comment
In this special series, we asked writers we admire to share a book they're giving to their friends and family this holiday season. Check back daily... Continue »
Leni ZumasDescribe your latest project.
Farewell Navigator is a collection that just came out from Open City. The stories are set in a variety of traps: a factory where toy hearts are sewn, a town ruled by Wiccan teenagers, a halfway house, the tour van of a nefarious band, an apartment building managed by a gargoyle.
My first literary crush was Ponyboy from The Outsiders. Since I can't in good conscience or under federal law date a fourteen-year-old, my next choice would be Stephen Maturin, the surgeon and natural philosopher from Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander series. Maturin is not much to look at, but he can tell you in six languages about ancient Greece, identify any bird in the sky, and sew your arm back on.
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
The astonishing monsters that we know to be properly part of the natural world leave us with a suspicion that even the most fantastical beasts might not be mere inventions.
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands and why did you read it?
Have you ever made a literary pilgrimage?
What is your astrological sign?
Describe the best breakfast of your life.
Aside from other writers, name some artists from whom you draw inspiration and talk a little about their work.
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
Autobiography of Red, Anne Carson
Timothy, or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, Verlyn Klinkenborg
Independent People, Halldór Laxness
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, Rainer Maria Rilke
The Waves, Virginia Woolf
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Leni Zumas's fiction has recently appeared in Open City, Quarterly West, and New Orleans Review. She is a winner of the AWP Intro Journals Award for Short Fiction. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts–Amherst MFA program, she teaches writing at Hunter College and plays drums in the Brooklyn post-punk band S-S-S-Spectres.