Q&A with Kelly Link and an excerpt from her new story over at One Story. She also just won the Hugo for Best Novelette of 2005 for "The Faery Handbag."
Has the drive for 'realism' in our narratives, whether on the page or the screen, gone so far as to drop the need for the 'artifice' of art itself? Apparently so. Non-fiction: the new reality TV. Of course, Naipaul thinks he's better than Conrad, so take it with a grain of salt. But there has been and is now a growing trend toward the memoir and creative non-fiction (what all 'reality' anything is) in the past few years. It has its place, but if our lives replace our stories, what lives do we have?
The shuttle will be visible on approach tomorrow (provided all goes well) from here in Waterloo, about 4:30 in the morning.