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of our material culture. Class (and people who suffer from it) is one of his great topics. Acute.
A Conversation with Rob Davidson About His New Collection of Short Stories
The epigraph to the book comes from the The Dhammapada (according to tradition, verses spoken by Buddha). I don write about Buddhism explicitly, although it is on my mind as I writing. And there are many Buddhist themes in my stories. For example, in it occurs to the main character that he never be happy with what he got, he always want more. This is a Buddhist question coming to the fore. His struggle is to come to terms with that.
My characters, like people, have layers. I always interested in the way we construct these exteriors that we present to other people. Sometimes it is a calculated act. We all have something hidden inside of ourselves and vulnerable.
How has your practice of Buddhism influenced your writing?
someone; he reached out of his space to attempt intimacy and he paid a price. That partly explains why, in the present, he fails to help a friend. He asks, understandably, you make yourself vulnerable; accessible? Sometimes there is quite a cost when you do that.
In Lessons (in which a man wife becomes pregnant with their first child), the guy is obsessed with shopping, especially for clothes. He very materialistic. Part of what he has to come to grips with is the selfishness of that. He has to clear out his room of his stuff to get ready for the baby. It becomes a question of selfishness or clinginess; he not ready to make room for another person.
Talk about the role of the American commodity culture and writing today. We put so much weight and value in what we buy and own cars, the music we listen to. These are cultural signs and signifiers, but sometimes we can misread a situation. For example, when I was in the Peace Corps in Grenada in the West Indies, I saw a local kid wearing a RUSH (Canadian Rock Band) T shirt. I love RUSH. I started going on about the band with this kid, but he didn even know who they were; his shirt wasn a statement. Nike Tracksuit Black It was just some shirt his cousin, an in Canada, had sent back to his relative in the Caribbean. I was all worked up about some band, and to this kid, it was just a shirt. That taught me something.
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Bear Star Press recently released The Farther Shore, a story collection by Rob Davidson, English. His first book, Field Observations: Stories (Missouri, 2001), won the 2002 Maria Thomas Fiction Award. His second book is The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism of Henry James and William Dean Howells (Missouri, 2005).
It is real pain that Ros struggles with [she believes she responsible for a friend death]. She and Adam, however, are both moving in the direction of having a real connection with someone else. More often though, the characters fail rather than succeed at making the connection.
Other characters also struggle with that question and sometimes come to terms with it successfully, and sometimes not. Characters who fare well come to some moment of awareness about whatever the issue is and can step outside of their selfish desires and act for the benefit of others.
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Tell me about your characters. They seem so interestingly incomplete, but complex and good, all at the same time. Ros, for example, in Position, is quirky and edgy and intriguingly unique.
"The Farther Shore": A Conversation with Rob Davidson About His New Collection of Short Stories
Raymond Carver was writing from a different angle about the working class. But it is still about materialism and consumer culture. In his short story where a couple is asked to apartment sit for their neighbors, they become increasingly interested in their neighbor possessions. They imagine that their friends lead more interesting lives because of what they own. Carver talks about our envy of others possessions and how we think things make people happier, richer, funnier.
This theme of not letting others know their more intimate selves runs through all of the stories. People are afraid of that; it dangerous.
In life, we come to these borderlines. Either by choice or circumstance we have to make a difficult decision; often there is no clear answer or predictable result.
Tony Hoagland is really aware of pop culture and material culture; for instance, he brings rap culture into his poems. Lorrie Moore of her short story collections is Help keenly tuned in to consumer culture. Jonathan Franzen [The Corrections and Freedom] is also steeped in consumer culture.
The governing metaphor of the book is tied into this idea of character. I trying to shape a story around a decision or event that ultimately makes change inevitable, whether it is for good or bad.
We place so much value in things and believe what we own sends a message. Even choosing music is a kind of positioning of yourself in the culture. like this, not that. In Position, Adam, for example, walks around looking at people music, making little judgments. Music is a knick knack we collect that we think defines us.
ask about Raymond Carver, who seems to be writing from another point of view who has never known material comfort.)
Adam says, song is a way of gathering in the loose bits and fragments of your life and making something beautiful out of it, and he really believes that.
Kathleen McPartland, Inside Chico State editor, recently talked with Davidson about his writing process, the construction of his characters, and the design of a story, among other things. Portions of their conversation Nike Grey Tracksuits
For me, there is always a connection between the larger felt experience of a song of the music referenced in the stories is rock and roll what is happening in the story. Rock and roll is so good at finding a quick way, a crystallized way of conveying emotion happiness, anger, heartbreak has that emotive power. I love to bring that quality into the stories, and song titles provide a quick context. Also, particular musicians or groups. Jonathan Richman, for example, [started recording in the 1970s] is kind of like the idiot savant of rock and roll. A whole set of ideas that surround him. My conception of my fictional character Adam, in Position, is very Richman like, there a connection that can deepen the understanding of the story.
What about the many allusions to song in your stories?
Talk about the idea of as the theme of this book.
Some times characters are worse off after they make this decision. In Me Where You Are, for example, a husband in a failing marriage makes a rash decision that has serious results, something that will surely spell the end of his marriage.
Both of the characters in Position need help moving past the mask to the intimate self. Adam, the musician, is flippant and likes to play the eccentric role, because he actually insecure.
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