I was honored to be interviewed once again by J. Timothy Quirk on Nutmeg Chatter, which is broadcast on numerous radio stations and is available as a podcast here. We discuss Oliver Ellsworth, Eli Whitney, Bun Lai, Prudence Crandall, Katharine Hepburn, and more of Connecticut's "vanguard."
Is it weird that I'm more excited about my wife's imminent book release than two of my own?
"Why should there only be literary scholarship about authors who actually lived, and texts which exist? Where are the articles on Enoch Campion, Linus Withold, Zelda Calhoun, Redondo Panza, Darshan Singh, or Heidi B. Morton? That none of these are real authors should be no impediment to interpreting their invented writings. In the first collection of its kind, The Anthology of Babel publishes academic articles by scholars on authors, books, and movements that are completely invented. Blurring the lines between scholarship and creative writing, The Anthology of Babel inaugurates a completely new literary genre perfectly attuned to the era we live in, a project evocative of Jorge-Louis Borges, Umberto Eco, and Italo Calvino."
Look for this amazing anthology (and my essay/story in it) forthcoming Summer 2018 from Punctum Books. Linus Withold (mentioned above) is my boy.
I was honored to be a finalist for the 2017 Connecticut Book Awards, and to attend the ceremony at the Mark Twain House. It was great to meet the other authors and the hard working judges from Connecticut Humanities.