A Mixtape of Ghosts: Karen Russell in Conversation with Kevin Brockmeier

BY Karen Russell

What the book is most comprehensively about, it seems to me, is human being in conflict with itself—but those words, “human being,” already have a distinct meaning, and it’s separate from what I’m trying to suggest, which is that there’s a part of us that addresses itself to being and a part of us that addresses itself to nonbeing, and in many ways the book is about the tension, the back-and-forth, between those two.

Author photo of Luis Rodriguez in front of a rock wall.


“A Good Story Haunts You”: Exploring the Intersection of Art and Activism with Luis J. Rodriguez

BY Field Notes Editor

Good stories aren’t just beginning, middle, and ending, and entertaining. That’s fine, those are of value. But a good story haunts you for a while. There’s something in there you want to keep thinking about and maybe go back to that story again. That’s what I think a good writer should do: keep haunting the reader for a while, about what you’re saying, about how or why, so that the reader says, “I can’t just let it go.”