Last Friday night I went to hear Joyce Carol Oates read/speak at my local university. She read ‘Pumpkin Head’ from Sourland, her new collection of short stories, and you can read the story here if you’re interested. When she started reading, I thought, Oh, good, this isn’t going to be too creepy.
I was wrong.
It started getting a little more uncomfortable. Then a lot more uncomfortable. Horrible stuff came spewing out of the mouth and mind of this charming little bird wearing a turquoise silk blouse and looking like Louisa May Alcott.
I was going to try to write something brilliant about the evening, but I ain’t got nuthin’. Instead, I found this link to her keynote speech at the Boston Book Festival in October. I’ve only watched a little bit of it, but I’m keeping it on hold for when I need a break from NaNoWriMo or something. She read ‘Pumpkin Head’ here as well.
JCO quote of the day: “When people say there is too much violence in my books, what they are saying is there is too much reality in life.”
Well, yes, she might be on to something there.