Posts Tagged: Jesse Ball
It can be hard to describe a Jesse Ball novel. They’re willfully strange, dark and puzzling, but the pieces aren’t always designed to fit together. Instead, each of his books, which are always written in the first person, have a tendency to take the reader into the heads of the lead characters, which is often more treacherous than the physical landscape....more
There are two things in writing: one is to say something with the form of what you’re saying, and the other is to say something with the content of what you are saying. … I think content is not completely arbitrary, but to a certain degree, it doesn’t always matter.
An unorthodox conversation, or experimental, two-way interview between Jesse Ball and Catherine Lacey at BOMB yields miscommunication, communication, repetition, randomness, push, pull, aphorism, and wisdom. On reading contemporary literature, Ball says:
There’s something pernicious about work that is from your specific time because of all the prejudices that are invisible at this moment… I think we’re most blind to the worst things in our own time… But, I mean, of course I read things that come fervently recommended.
One of this year’s highly anticipated new novels is Jesse Ball’s How to Set a Fire and Why, forthcoming from Pantheon in July, about an intelligent and troubled teenage girl who takes an interest in arson. A standalone excerpt in Granta this week, titled “Lucia Series,” gives us a small taste that involves no fire, but is combustible all the same....more
Patience. Curiosity. Repetition. Looking again and again. Not imposing a story line. Letting composition emerge through pattern, rhythm, shape, sound, movement. Occasionally … you hit upon a moment of grace. You can’t plan for it. You just have to practice enough so that you’re ready when it comes.
Rumpus readers are getting a sweet deal!
The good folks over at Litquake are hosting an event on July 10th called the New Literary Vanguard, in which they will “delve into the minds of the new generation of American male novelists,” namely Jesse Ball (who is reading at our next monthly event!...more