Sunday, April 27, 2014

NYC Launch of Wreckage of Reason II and Katabasis Rewritten

(pic above: "a book selfie" by Lillian Ann Slugocki)

Wreckage of Reason II: Back to the Drawing Board was launched in the anthology's hometown of New York City. Check out Lillian Ann Slugocki's post about the launch and then read her interview with Elizabeth Bachner. Here's a little bit of it:

Elizabeth Bachner on her story "How to Shake Hands with a Murderer": This piece is a katabasis, a hero's trip into the underworld (and maybe back?). The protagonist is a girl separated, heartbreakingly, from her love, her best friend--she's lost him to various literal and metaphoric deaths--he's become a rock star, or a junkie, he's far away and they can't find each other, he's died and been buried, they've both transformed in ways they can't understand, he was a boy and now he's trapped in her memory, or lost in the dark adult world. Any katabasis is also a story about the process of writing, about where you have to go, and what you have to do to yourself, to get the unspeakable into words.

Read all about it, thanks to Karen Lillis and her series Writer on Writer!

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