Posts Tagged: the four fingers of death
In an interview with Big Think, Rumpus columnist Rick Moody says Writers are more “desperate” than they used to be, and, fearing they won’t be published at all, are trying to fit their writing into ever-more-rigid conventional contemporary formats.
“My former students who are out there now trying to get published are having trouble on those lines,” says Moody....more
July 28th marks the return of Rick Moody from another deep space tour of novel writing. Whenever I hear Moody is on track to make it back, I feel a mix of anticipation and apprehension. It’s akin to how one feels watching futuristic films, waiting for the appearance again of a well-known astronaut, who, having traveled so far and so deep into the cold void of his own invention, prepares to splash down and open the capsule door. The uneasy cigarettes lit in mission control are all burning with the question of whether or not the guy has gone bat shit crazy on his solitary voyage....more
In the May 2007 Believer, Rick Moody opens his essay on W.G. Sebald’s Rings of Saturn with a brief discussion of “textual compulsion,” or the need to read every single word of a certain author. He lists a number of authors besides Sebald who gave him the condition:...more
I saw Rick Moody read at the James Merrill House in Stonington, CT a year or so ago. He read two stories, the first about a New England family, not unlike those that call Stonington their home, out on their boat, drinking their daiquiris, or something....more
Richard Hutzler writes:
Thank you for the opportunity to apply for an advanced copy of The Four Fingers of Death. I’ve been trying to imagine how silly/wild I might get for this e-mail as my argument why I should receive a copy…but it’s 104 degrees here in New York City and even with the air conditioner on I feel like a shrimp on a griddle, so my brain is a bit foggy/addled at the moment....more