Rachel Cantor talks about genre, pizza and mysticism in her novel A Highly Unlikely Scenario.
Cantor’s book begins like science fiction but grows into something stranger, and even more mystic, while telling the story of a future pizza company that has a surprising amount of control over reality. Emily spoke with the first time novelist at her home in Brooklyn, an interview that almost didn’t happen thanks to car trouble, fate, and Rachel’s unique day job, which sees her traveling around the world.
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Our Michigan stories series continues with fierce prose poetry by Detroit writer Meghann Rotary:
“On the other side then” “torrential against the shape of rain”
“I met everyone on behalf of” “the child who brought me here”
“The ground caves in at spots” “and beneath the streets are
seasons” “with their own rooms” “These must be the barracks,”
“where the whole situation sleeps and speaks” “in tongues”
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Our Michigan stories series continues with “The Hygienist” (who knows everything) by Ben Hoffman:
“Do you grind your teeth,” the Hygienist asked, but Callie didn’t answer because the Hygienist was fiddling in her mouth, and because Callie knew the Hygienist already knew about the teeth grinding. The Hygienist had taken photographs inside Callie’s mouth, and they were now blown up larger than necessary on the screen. The Hygienist had also scanned the questionnaire Callie had filled out in the waiting room. On the form, Callie had admitted to irregular flossing, so the Hygienist knew about this, too. The Hygienist knew everything.
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We’re so pleased to have Ben as part of this series! Ben’s chapbook of stories Together, Apart was just published by Origami Zoo Press this March.
Photo by Chris Magson.
We couldn’t be more excited to kick off our Michigan stories series with “Rhyme Game” by Michigan native Bonnie Jo Campbell.
We loved her most recent novel Once Upon a River (set on Kalamazoo River in Michigan), and we’re thrilled to have the chance to spotlight “Rhyme Game,” which was initially published in Campbell’s debut story collection Women and Other Animals.
Tinny Marie and her mother rattled along Halfmoon Road in the pick-up truck, heading east toward the risen sun. Bits of trash flew out of the cans and barrels in the back — a plastic bag from Spartan egg noodles, a popsicle wrapper, grocery store receipts. Tinny Marie’s mother had canceled weekly garbage service because she could save money by storing the trash until she had a truckload and then dumping it herself. The longer she saved it, the more she was getting out of her eight-dollar compactor fee. Between compactor visits, cans of garbage lined up outside the back door, waiting.
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Watch for more Michigan stories throughout April!