Rebecca Curtis's short stories are often told by narrators who are unafraid to tell you exactly what they think--this is just one element of what's so great about her work. Curtis has published five short stories in the New Yorker (plus a lot more elsewhere) and her work certainly breaks the mold of the "New Yorker" short story. Her tales are bold, outrageous, and beautifully dark, almost gothic. In this episode, Eric and Rebecca discuss Rebecca's long career publishing in the magazine and elsewhere; her hiatus from writing publishing short stories; the nature of 'frame' stories; belief in ghosts; what it's like working with different New Yorker editors; Rebecca's experience studying fiction and poetry at Syracuse University's MFA program; and so much more. A long, candid conversation with one of the magazine's most distinct voices.
June 18, 2019