Snapping Synapses: An Interview with George Salis

Upside-down lightning, a group of uncouth skydivers, resurrections, a mother’s body overtaken by a garden, aquatic telepathy, a peeling snake-priest, and more. Sea Above, Sun Below is influenced by Western myths, some Greek, some with biblical overtones, resulting in a fusion of fantastic dreams, bizarre yet beautiful nightmares, and multiple narrative threads that form a tapestry which depicts the fragility of characters teetering on the brink of madness. Within you will find flashes of immolation and mutilation, transubstantiation threaded through thematic and genealogical membranes in a literary voice composed of whispers over wails.

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Round the Decay of That Colossal Wreck: An Interview with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

George Salis: Can you talk about your love of Gĩkũyũ, your native language? You started writing your fiction in English so do you still have a soft spot for English despite its connection to colonialism?

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Tree People or Sea People: An Interview with Wendy Walker

Editor’s Note: Wendy Walker has appeared twice so far in my column Invisible Books. I first covered her debut collection of short stories, The Sea-Rabbit (Sun & Moon Press, 1987), then I reviewed her novel The Secret Service (Sun & Moon Press, 1992). I’ve now had the pleasure of corresponding with Wendy, so please enjoy this interview with a true talent and a delightful person. All of the accompanying art is by Wendy Walker. The featured photo above is by Wendy Walker and Tom La Farge.

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Intelligent Seasoning: An Interview with Chris Via of Leaf by Leaf

George Salis: You have a wonderful book vlogging channel on YouTube called Leaf by Leaf. How did it come about? I was there pretty much at the beginning. The first video of yours I watched was about Jim Gauer’s Novel Explosives and in that one you’re not in front of the camera. Did the notion of putting yourself out there prove to be a bit of a hurdle?

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