Ches Smith, novelist
Novelist Ches Smith talks about being depressed and vulnerable while being male, the inherent difficulties of writing characters who act suspiciously like a lot of the people you work with — but WHO ARE NOT THEM — and how writing metafiction offers a way to take the undesireable parts of yourself to their logical and worst conclusions, so you can (and should) avoid doing that exact same thing on social media.
Also, we fantasize about what it would be like if Kate could ever remember the titles of books/movies/podcasts she wants to recommend to people.
Suggested reads and also mentioneds:
Jesse Sendejas, Jr.’s fantastic review of The Author is Dead in The Houston Press
Lore podcast by Aaron Mahnke (explores the “dark historical tales that fuel our modern superstitions”)
Dave Cullen‘s Columbine
Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses
Douglas Adams’s A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama
Up and Vanished podcast
Clarice Lispector’s The Chandelier
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees
Gabino Iglesias’s Zero Saints
Machado de Assis’s Dom Casmurro