Students are to post reactions (minimum 250 words each) to the assigned listening/reading linked below. Students are encouraged (but not required) to additionally respond to other student reactions.
KELLY LINK Interview: Kelly Link is the author of the young adult collection Pretty Monsters. She has written two other collections, Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners. Her
novellas and short stories have won a variety of awards. Most recently
she has won the 2009 Locus Award for best novella for her story
"Pretty Monsters". Neil Gaiman called her, "...the best short story
writer out there, in any genre." She co-founded Small Beer Press with
her husband, Gavin Grant, and edits the zine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. Click heading to read the interview.
KELLY LINK NPR: Author
Kelly Link says her short stories are inspired by what she calls "night
time logic." In fiction that strives for realism, she says, everything
has a place. Everything makes sense. It's kind of like dream logic, she
tells NPR's Audie Cornish, "except that when you wake up from a dream,
you think, well, that didn't make sense. Night time logic in stories,
you think, I don't understand why that made sense, but I feel there was a
kind of emotional truth to it." Click heading to listen to NPR interview.
THE SPECIALIST'S HAT by KELLY LINK :
"When you're Dead," Samantha says, "you don't have to brush your
teeth." "When you're Dead," Claire says, "you live in a box, and it's
always dark, but you're not ever afraid." Claire and Samantha are
identical twins. Their combined age is twenty years, four months, and
six days. Claire is better at being Dead than Samantha. Click heading to read the rest of the story.