with Adam Golaski
How long did it take you to write all the stories in your collection?
Adam Golaski: Color Plates
demanded breaks be taken. I’d write a few stories and then put the
manuscript aside for months. Write something else. If we cut out all
the time spent on other projects maybe just a couple years? I wrote
the first "plate" in 2002 and wasn’t truly done with the book
until early this year. I’d still like to make some changes.
have a collection in mind when you were writing them?
Color Plates isn’t a short story collection. So the answer
to your question is sort of, yes, there was always a book in mind, a
structure I built with little stories, motifs I wished to explore
across a couple hundred pages, and a couple narratives. Since I
didn’t think of it as a short story collection, I felt free to
approach the plates differently than I would a short story.
you choose which stories to include and in what order?
AG: I wrote about eighty plates. Some didn’t work—too convoluted or built
on a cliché. Some were fine but weren’t true to the project. (My
favorite of the cut plates was Absinthe,
told from the point of view of a film director and made up entirely of
found text culled from articles and interviews that pertained to the
Kubrick film Eyes Wide Shut.)
does the word "story"
mean to you?
AG: A gathering, culling,
and ordering of events by a "teller" designed to please an
Do you have a reader in mind when you write stories?
AG: Sometimes John Cotter.
anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection, anything at all?
AG: I would ask them to
tell me a story they think I might like.
TSR: How does
it feel knowing that people are buying your book?
AG:A little awkward?
What are you working on now?
AG: I’m exchanging notes
with poet Anna Elena Eyre; for what, it’s too early to say. A poem
of some kind. The selected works of Paul Hannigan, edited by myself,
will be published (hopefully) this year by Flim Forum Press. At
present, only a rough manuscript is complete. Perhaps more
interesting to readers of The Short Review, I’m writing a
series of stories in which the protagonist is always named Adam.
There’s a novel, too. A blog called Little Stories.
the three most recent short story collections you've read?
AG: The Lais of Marie de France (translated by Glyn S. Burgess & Keith Busby), Voice of Ice/Voix de Glace by Alta Ifland, and An Elemental Thing by Eliot Weinberger.