The Three Legs of the World


For Electric Literature, Tobias Carroll chats with Matthew Neill Null about the role of landscapes in his story collection Allegheny Front, and how Null crafted the “ideal juxtaposition of humanity and the natural world”:

Many of the stories pivot on fraught interactions between humans and animals.  Too often the land is used merely as a stage, animals as props.  For me there is a triangular relationship between humans, the land, and other forms of life.  Without those three legs, the world tips over.

Jake Slovis earned his MFA in Writing from Rutgers University, where he now teaches English Composition. He is a second-generation Argentine American and has spent significant time living and writing in Buenos Aires. He currently resides in Brooklyn. More from this author →