Four things about the Lorrie Moore reading last weekend

  • She’s funny. Which wasn’t wholly unexpected because her stories are funny. But it was reassuring. She was so funny that my nephew Max, who is going to be 11 in a few weeks, laughed. A lot. And it wasn’t because she was talking about butts and/or farting.
  • She loves Alice Munro. Really, really, really, really loves Alice Munro. And the fact that she said she loves Alice Munro caused Dale, my Loft teacher, to come up to me after the reading and rub my nose in the fact that I do not like Alice Munro.
  • She started her reading by telling us what fiction is not. It is not an article, a piece, a something else I can’t remember, and that other thing it is not. She said, “Fiction is a waking dream made of words.”
  • She also said this about the difference between writing a novel and writing short stories, “When I write short stories I can’t wait to be done. I never want to see these characters again, I lost all respect for them.”
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  1. Kristy 14.Oct.09 at 9:36 am

    Did you like her new novel?

  2. Jodi 14.Oct.09 at 9:43 am

    I haven’t finished it yet. I’m having a novel finishing problem lately.

  3. david 16.Oct.09 at 6:04 pm

    I am trying to finish her new novel, but other books keep prying me away (never a good sign).

    Did you see that Emma Straub called Jens Lekman the “blonder, Swedish Lorrie Moore” in her Book Notes piece today? (I can’t recommend Straub’s novella enough)


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