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An Interview with Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston has the distinction of being among the few writers occupying that slim but coveted slice of the Venn diagram: creative writing directors who have also been pro skateboarders. His latest work, Remember Me Like This, is a quiet and rich novel centered around a teenage boy named Justin who is returned to his family four years after his kidnapping. The story cycles through the perspectives of his parents, younger brother, and grandfather. Their experiences stitch together a gorgeous portrait of South Texas, pulling together lives spent at skate parks, marine labs, and pawn shops—lives bound by the looming unknowns of Justin’s captivity.

Johnston’s will speak about and read from the novel this Tuesday, September 9, at BookPeople in Austin. The event begins at 7 p.m. He was kind enough to talk with us in advance of his visit about his writing process, the virtues of bulletin boards, and his experiences with a clown convention in Houston. [...]

Remember-Me-Like-ThisUKFEATURE

An Interview with Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston has the distinction of being among the few writers occupying that slim but coveted slice of the Venn diagram: creative writing directors who have also been pro skateboarders. His latest work, Remember Me Like This, is a quiet and rich novel centered around a teenage boy named Justin who is returned to his family four years after his kidnapping. The story cycles through the perspectives of his parents, younger brother, and grandfather. Their experiences stitch together a gorgeous portrait of South Texas, pulling together lives spent at skate parks, marine labs, and pawn shops—lives bound by the looming unknowns of Justin’s captivity.

Johnston’s will speak about and read from the novel this Tuesday, September 9, at BookPeople in Austin. The event begins at 7 p.m. He was kind enough to talk with us in advance of his visit about his writing process, the virtues of bulletin boards, and his experiences with a clown convention in Houston. [...]

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Online Fiction Interview: Erica Plouffe Lazure

Catherine, the devoted band mother in Erica Plouffe Lazure’s “Marchers,” is a wonderful example of just how affecting strong, straightforward, reliable narration can be. With an admitted pride in her son’s accomplishments and an implied annoyance at the petty goings-on of her small-town life in rural North Carolina, Catherine’s direct and clear narration makes the […]

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Inside the Issue: An Excerpt from “Zone of Mutuality,” by Karl Taro Greenfeld

In “Zone of Mutuality,” the final story in Issue 58 of American Short Fiction, Karl Taro Greenfeld introduces us to Dwayne, a young man settling uneasily in to a perennial professional disappointment that threatens to swamp the rest of his life as well. […]

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Bourbon and Milk: “Are You the Mother?”

“Mama,” my three-year-old son says a hundred times a day, right before he asks for something—a hug, a glass of milk, a kiss, a Netflix show, a toy that I have hidden up high because he whacked me with it—and I respond immediately, instinctively. I hear Mama and I think, me. I don’t even think it, really. I turn automatically, just as I have for my whole life at the sound of my name. [...]

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