Lindsay Hunter’s debut collection, Daddy’s will kick you right in the nads. It’s unrelenting, unabashed set of stories will surprise you, make you laugh, and most importantly make you want to read it over and over. One of the best story collections I’ve read in a while (right up there with Paula Bomer’s Baby, Mary Miller’s Big World, and Bonnie Jo Campbell’s American Salvage), it was a pleasure to get a chance to ask Lindsay a few questions about the book.
RWB: Though I love all the stories in Daddy’s I think my favorite (and who knows what this says about me) is “The Fence.” And it’s one of those stories that just smacks of a great story behind the story, so what was the impetus for this particular piece?
LH: If I remember correctly I wanted to write about a dog, and then it got all turded up from there. The dog’s in there though, Marky, so I guess that is a success. That was maybe the first time I’d stopped stopping myself while writing and just let it all hang out. Then I remember I read part of it in my Art of Place class at SAIC and I was positively delighted and so was Mary Cross, my professor, she was making these joyful murder chortles, and then I looked around at my fellow workshoppers, some of whom were wearing mottled fartfaces, and I stopped. I submitted it to Nerve and they accepted it a day later.
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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.