On Tuesdays, I conduct interviews with writers on Twitter (5 Q, 5 A, 1400 characters). This time #twitterviews is with Ron Currie, Jr., author of God Is Dead, Everything Matters!, and Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles. Currie has received the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library, the Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Alex Award from the American Library Association. His books have been named notable books by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, and Amazon. And somehow, despite all that, he is still a pretty decent guy. With the best Facebook profile photo I've ever seen [left].
Question 1: What would Lyle (your dog) write books about?
Question 2: Is it possible to get too darkly funny?
Question 3: Any thought about an essay collection to gather brilliance like this?
Question 4: How do you keep from believing your own hype too much?
Question 5: How much value do you think online writing communities have?
Currie is currently working a "satire about Whole Foods and gun nuts and everything in between." In the meantime, you should read his other books. All of them. Immediately. This guy is not only writing great books; he's writing books that matter. Like, real stuff. Things that will still be read decades to come.
"... epic poems about the pleasures of coprophagia."
-- Ron Currie, Jr.