Joyelle-McSweeney-photoAt Prick of the Spindle, Cynthia Reeser interviews Joyelle McSweeney (Nylund, the Sarcographer, Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2007).

JM: Once you put the sarcography in motion as a matter of writing, then anything can happen, because the sentence can always open up trapdoors and catwalks via its clauses and phrases and puns and jokes and fantasies and so forth. In fact, the one rule I had when writing this was not to use good taste or understatement or comely resonance at all, but just to follow all my stray ideas, at the level of the sentence, to keep it opening, twinning, diverging, dividing. I used more conventional aspects of noir—a dead woman, a missing woman, a young hood, an (elderly) femme fatale—as sort of course correction as the book ran along.

Read the full interview.

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