Lorrie Moore Interview

October 3rd, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes

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Caryn James in The New York Times Book Review said of Lorrie “She may be the most acute and lasting writer of her generation,” and personally I don’t doubt it. One has only to read some of Lorrie’s short stories in “Birds of America,” “Like Life,” or “Self-Help,” or her novels, “Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?” “Anagrams,” or her latest “A Gate At The Stairs,” to realize that you are in the presence of a major talent. Yes she has won dozens of prizes for her writing, and yes she is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, but Lorrie Moore possesses that literary je ne sais quoi that is not immediately translatable until you meet her in the flesh. She has a certain charm, look, and disarming modesty that at first takes you off guard but soon announces itself as quiet confidence fused with high intelligence, playfulness, and a crackling sense of humor. A devastating combination I might add. Join me when I meet Lorrie for the first time in person and we get to know one another for you on the air. I think you’ll enjoy this remarkable writer. I did.

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1 response about “Lorrie Moore Interview”

  1. Nadia Boudidah said:

    This is a very good interview. I am writing a Ph;D. dissertaion on American women’s humor, and my first chapter is on Moore’s use of humor in her fiction. Since I live in Tunisia, I have a great lack of documents and materials. Can you help me in this context?? Thanks a lot

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