Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sick as a Dog & Linked Stories

Yes, cough, cough…I shook hands with a germy poet or the cough drop scented waitress infected me or whatever, but I have the so-called AWP Plague. Regular posting will resume next week when I emerge from my DayQuil/NyQuil haze and am feeling fit as a fiddle (sorry for the clich├ęs, but I can’t think clearly!).

In the meantime, please check out this great discussion of linked stories written by my friend Dylan Landis:

“I began rereading linked collections, among them Harriet Doerr’s Stones for Ibarra, Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, Elissa Schappell’s Use Me, and Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich, to see what I didn’t know. Sometimes, when you are in dire need of a craft lesson, one book opens itself up like a flower for your inspection, and for me, that book was Love Medicine. It revealed that stories can be crocheted together so intricately and dimensionally that they form a kind of lacework.

“It made my own linked stories look like a child’s paper chain.”


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.