The Color Blue


Laurie Foos, author of The Blue Girl, is interviewed for Full Stop magazine about writing, grief, feminism, and the surreal:

What pulls me in as both a reader and a writer, what drives me as a writer, is that the surreal must contain metaphor for some element of the human condition. If there are butterflies leaking out of someone’s ears, for example, then the writer must be saying something about the power of listening, or of music, or something about the human condition that couldn’t be illuminated without that magical element. I think that the surreal and the absurd often intersect with the lineage of myth and fairy tale, and as such they speak to your collective unconscious, our collective psyche.

Lyz's writing has been published in the New York Times Motherlode, Jezebel, Aeon, Pacific Standard, and others. Her book on midwestern churches is forthcoming from Indiana University Press. She has her MFA from Lesley and skulks about on Twitter @lyzl. Lyz is a member of The Rumpus Advisory Board and a full-time staff writer for the Columbia Journalism Review. More from this author →