In Conversation with Jesse Ball


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. If you really adore the way that someone thinks—whether they’re talking about asparagus or motorcycles—it’s just pleasant to listen, if you’re fond of them.  

Over at Between the Covers, podcast host David Naimon talks with author Jesse Ball about his latest novel How to Set a Fire and Why, experimental form, his writing and teaching ethos, and creativity. Have a listen, and be in awe.

Stephanie Bento is a writer, classical cellist, and photographer living in Washington, DC. In her writing, she is interested in exploring the musicality of sound and form, and our connection to time and place. Find out more about her creative work at, or say hello/bonjour on Twitter @saudadebelle. More from this author →