Monday, September 08, 2014

What's It Like In Someone Else's Head? Asks Author Monica McFawn

by Zinta Aistars
for WMUK 102.1 FM
Arts and More Program
Kalamazoo, Michigan's NPR affiliate station
Aired September 9, 2014

Monica McFawn

Grand Rapids, Michigan author, poet, and playwright Monica McFawn’s book Bright Shards of Someplace Else recently won the Flannery O’Connor award for short fiction. It’s a collection of 11 short stories based on that little assumption that we know exactly what someone else is thinking.
McFawn will be reading from her work Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Michigan News Agency in Kalamazoo.
Where's the Dialogue?
Though McFawn is a playwright and has written a few screenplays, you won't find much dialogue in her latest book. McFawn says she's interested in the contrast between people's thoughts and what they actually say. Most of the time we only say a fraction of what we're thinking and sometimes we don't express those thoughts very well or even hide them. 
"I think the majority of conversations I have are in my head," says McFawn. "And that's not because I'm an anti-social person, but because you spend so much time imagining what you would say or ...

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