I Shot the Moon, Calamari Press, 35-38 / 41, 3RD BED [7, 8, 9, 10, 11]

 

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Down With TeBordo: An Interview

Christian TeBordo is the author of three novels, The Conviction and Subsequent Life of Savior Neck (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005), Better Ways of Being Dead (Afterbirth Books, 2007), and We Go Liquid (Impetus Press, 2007). TeBordo’s latest book, The Awful Possibilities (Featherproof Books, 2010) is a collection of stories unlike any you’ve ever read. Jeff Parker compared the stories to Quentin Tarantino. I would say, take a bit of Alan DeNiro’s Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead, mix it with Tarantino and a dash of a scientist with a lab full of words and you might make it close to the stories that inhabit TeBordo’s awe-ful world.

Many thanks to Christian for taking the time to answer my questions!

RWB: I noticed that the collection’s lead story, “SS Attacks!” was featured in The Lifted Brow’s fake bookshelf issue. Was the story written as a reaction to the title they provided, or was it already in process and the title was adopted along the way?

CT: It’s kind of complicated. The Lifted Brow let all the authors for that issue choose the title they wanted to work with from a list they provided. My friend Adam Levin got to the one I wanted— “Dagger Lane” — first, so I kind of impetuously picked “SS Attacks!” because it had an exclamation point in it. I regretted it pretty quickly because I didn’t want to write about the SS. Then I came up with the quasi-spoonerism that gives the story its twist and felt a little better. On the other hand, I had been, and still am every now and then, working on a novel that has a lot of the same characters and some of the same concerns, but the story is more of a spinoff. The novel itself will be like the Great Gatsby if the Great Gatsby was about white kids who are into rap, black nationalism, and video games. Also if I ever finish it.

Summer? Reading

Sure, I understand summer is when kids and teachers have months-worth of vacation time. When people of means take trips to Hawaii or something. But for most of us, summer just means it’s better weather out while we’re inside working. So, by all means, make summer reading lists. But why not just make reading lists. Period. ?

To that end, here’s a list for you:

Books to Read During Your Lunch Break While at Work this Summer

{some new}

BOOK by Ken Sparling

The Awful Possibilities by Christian TeBordo

Pee On Water by Rachel Glaser

When All Our Days Are Numbered by Sasha Fletcher

{some old}

The Journey of Ibn Fattoum by Naquib Mahfouz

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Q Road by Bonnie Jo Campbell

As Cool As I Am by Pete Fromm

All of these are quite digestable in a few lunch hours (or half-hours). Besides, who needs to eat.