Little Stories: AdamGolaski.

Adam Golaski is the author of Color Plates and Worse Than Myself, the editor of New Genre and an editor for Flim Forum Press

Short Story Collections

Color plates
(Rose Metal Press, 2010)

reviewed by Amy Charles

Worse Than Myself

Interview with Adam Golaski

The Short Review: 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.

TSR: Did you have a collection in mind when you were writing them?

AG: Strictly speaking, 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.

TSR: How did 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.)

TSR: What does the word "story" mean to you?

AG: A gathering, culling, and ordering of events by a "teller" designed to please an audience.

TSR: Do you have a reader in mind when you write stories?

AG:  Sometimes John Cotter.

TSR: Is there 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?

TSR: 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.

TSR: What are 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.
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