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“In the mood to destroy monuments.” A conversation with Amelia Gray

Amelia Gray’s writing is by turns provocative and tender, brutal and sly, hilarious and unsettling. In the 37 stories that comprise her latest collection, Gutshot (forthcoming April 14, FSG Originals), birds are dismembered and landmarks destroyed, couples find new and disturbing ways to keep things fresh, body parts abound, and nothing is quite what it

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April 6, 2015

A “slightly askew universe.” In coversation with Thomas Pierce

She pours him some grapefruit juice in a tall Daffy Duck glass. Tommy comes into the house through the back door. She hands him the glass and he takes a swig, then looks at her, confused. He pulls a flask out of his pocket and tips it into Daffy Duck. “Follow me,” he says, and

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January 26, 2015

The Best Possible Version of Yourself

The Hypothetical Girl: Stories by Elizabeth Cohen Other Press, 2012 A woman begins vanishing. When she goes to a therapist, the therapist suggests that her disappearance is based on a man she met online. “‘You are not an actual girl,’ he wrote. ‘You are hypothetical.’” And to this, the woman has to agree. Somewhere along

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December 16, 2013

Tell a friend you are reading a novel and she will inevitably ask you what it is about. Try to describe the plot. Maybe a daughter of an oil tycoon is kidnapped, then he goes bankrupt due to an oil spill in the Gulf, so he murders an old lady with a hatchet to make

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November 14, 2013

Rookie Report: Stevan Allred

A Simplified Map of the Real World Forest Avenue Press September, 2013 __________ He was a logger, a farmer, a trader, a schemer, and a loud-mouthed, cocksure, bourbon-swilling barnyard bully of a man used to getting his own way. He could out-work, out-think, and out-fight damn near anybody he ever ran up against. He scared

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September 13, 2013

Succumbed to Floodwaters or Adolescence

I grew up in New England, where ghost folklore is as culturally integrated as pizza or lighthouses or the history of Thanksgiving. Our small universe was multilayered in the troubled history of the dead. We found it in the farmhouses with foundations built from stacked stones, the boneyards dating back to yellow fever, the remains of cobblestone

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September 4, 2013

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