Not-so-idle chit-chat

Just my luck. I have recently received new books from two of my favorite writers: Kelly Link and David Markson. Link’s tome is her latest collection of short stories, Magic for Beginners, on which we’ll be writing at length in a week or two. Markson’s is not new technically, but Going Down has been out of print for about 25 years. A quick, perhaps useless assessment of the regard in which he’s held: The only copies I’ve been able to track down cost upwards of $100, and I’ve never seen it listed for sale on eBay. In short, people don’t like letting go of him.

Anyway, my nose will be buried in these books for a while—I’ve put everything else aside, including a fascinating book on a copyright case involving Disney and underground cartoonists—so posting may be light until I resurface.

To tide all twelve of you over, here’s a new interview with Markson at Bookslut, in which he discusses Going Down and more. Those of you who are intrigued by this piece should really check out the Review of Contemporary Fiction’s long, long, long 1989 interview with him.

Over at EdRants, BondGirl interviews Link, and Strange Horizons plays 20 questions with her.

That’s all for now.

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation,, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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