We left driving out of Santa Fe on all the big new roads and then caught Highway 285 and started our way north. I swore at myself and didn’t stop until I lost the drought-cursed town in the rearview mirror. Just as New Mexico’s all God-painted sunsets can hum you a lullaby every night, the town takes to drunk spectres when it wants you to leave. The hum turns to a clipping static, and the sunsets say nothing but freebase, freebase, freebase. I was hearing sirens from all across the city. They were the sounds that woke me up. Their howl was reason enough to go scarce in my book. Real or not.
-Excerpt from Four Corners.
Late Night Library: Summarize your book in 10 words or fewer.
Wally Rudolph: Like kissing a rattlesnake, it’s about disaster and love.
LNL: If this book were the lovechild of two others, who are its parents?
WR: The Bible and The Singing Knives by Frank Stanford.
LNL: What ingredients go into the recipe of your writing style?
WR: 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 pounds pork butt, cut into 1-inch cubes, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 2 cloves of garlic, smashed & minced, 1/4 cup flour, 2 cup peeled and chopped fresh tomatoes, 3 cups roasted, peeled, and chopped Hatch green chiles (no cans!), 1 fresh jalapeno chopped, salt and pepper to taste, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1 cup chicken broth.
Heat olive oil in 4-quart Dutch oven with cover. Brown pork. Add onion and garlic and stir with meat. Add flour and stir 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes, green chiles, and jalapeno. Season with salt, pepper, and sugar. Add broth. Lower heat. Cover pot and simmer on low for 2 hours until meat is tender.
Serve with tortillas, Papi.
LNL: Name one book you wish you could read again for the first time.
WR: The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly by Denis Johnson.
LNL: Answer a question you wish people would ask you about writing.
WR: “All truth must conform to music.” – Richard Hugo
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Born in Canada to Jamaican parents, Wally Rudolph smoked marijuana for the first time at the age of 14. This was the start of a fifteen-year affair with illicit drugs that led him to drop out of college and took him back and forth across the American Midwest. A graduate of the Second City Conservatory in Chicago, Rudolph now resides with his family in Los Angeles. His writing has been published in Milk Money, Lines+Stars, and The Brooklyner. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including Street Kings, Bang Bang, and Sons of Anarchy.