Posts Tagged: Jesse Ball

What to Read When 2018 Is Just Around the Corner

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While we can't promise that 2018 won't find us facing more political upheaval, we can assure you that there will be great literature to offer moments of escape and inspiration. ...more

Notable Los Angeles: 10/30–11/5

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Literary events and readings in and around L.A. this week! ...more

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #57: Jesse Ball

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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.

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An Interview Goes Both Ways

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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.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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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.

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Greatest Hits of the Heart

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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.

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