Tuesday, July 27, 2010

MFA Greensboro Alum Steve Almond Interview on The Nervous Breakdown

That Joke isn’t Funny Anymore: An Interview with Steve Almond

by ART EDWARDS

Steve Almond's latest book of non-fiction, Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life, is written for "Drooling Fanatics," people, like Almond himself, whose fixations with music take on an almost religious fervor. Almond's past works include story collections My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow, the novel Which Brings Me to You (with Julianna Baggott), and the non-fiction books Candyfreak and (Not That You Asked). He is also a TNB contributor, and his submissions have ranged from a self-interview to a criticism of fellow contributor Joe Daley's “Five Bands I Should Like, but I Don’t. At All.” The latter ruffled some feathers at TNB, and Steve accepted my offer to talk about the dust-up, Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life, and the larger concerns of his work.


AE: From a fledgling writer's perspective, you're a hard guy to root against (even though I managed it for about a decade). Whether it's an agent who conveniently forgets his guild's raison d'etre, or a blogger who clearly just has it in for you, you're not afraid to publicly take down someone for unfairness or pettiness. Maybe that's why it was so frustrating for some—even some of your loyal readers—when you commented so robustly against Joe Daly's piece, a fledgling writer himself. (For the record, some TNB readers hailed you for calling it as you see it.) In light of this backlash, would you care to clear anything up?

SA: TNB readers tend to be supportive, probably because the internet is beset by aggrieved trolls. So to the extent my post fed into that same negative shit, I apologize.

Read the entire interview here: http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/aedwards/2010/06/that-joke-isnt-funny-anymore-an-interview-with-steve-almond-2/

Find out more about the MFA Writing Program at Greensboro here: http://mfagreensboro.org

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