Black and White and Read All Over

February 7th, 2007 by Larry Smith

Lately things around here have been either really short (six-word memoirs) or really long (an interview with Iraq War vet Herold Noel.). Rachel Kramer Bussel’s just-posted interview with David Matthews, author of Ace of Spades, falls firmly on the side of long. We love to be able to publish stories in this medium, a platform that allows us to go be expansive when the piece demands it.

acespades.jpgHere’s her interview with Matthews. And here’s an excerpt from his potent new memoir, one that Bussel says is, “by turns shocking, daring, academic, and humorous, a memoir, cultural history, and Matthews’s literary paean to, as he puts it … ‘those lost and lonely words that we’ve somehow decided we don’t need anymore.’ ”

Powell’s Books likes Kramer Bussel’s handiwork, too. The world-famous lit hive linked to her interview from its world-famous book blog. If you’re a book geek, and many us around here are (especially Memoirville editor Rachel Fershleiser), this is like taking the gold at the interview Olympics. So to Rachel Kramer Bussel we say: thanks and congrats and keep writing.

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