I’m half Greek and half hillbilly; that was my inheritance. Both my parents were born in the States, but my father’s parents were Greeks from Asia Minor. When I was little, every Sunday the house would be filled with immigrant Greeks speaking Greek and carrying on all the customs. The men would sit in the living room talking politics and playing backgammon, and the women would be in the kitchen, cooking.
Jeffrey Eugenides (who came to campus!) being interviewed in UChicago Mag - read the article here.
I Write Like
Thanks to Jessee F. from the Class of 2016 for the tip. This website compares your writing to that of a famous author, and it’s so cool. This tumblog writes like Chuck Palahniuk, apparently.
Who do you write like?
(Photo of Nabokov. Sorry, Palahniuk.)
What we’re reading: Everyone Remain Calm, Megan Stielstra
Okay, okay, I’m not reading it yet. But I will be. Megan Stielstra teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago and is an all-round awesome person, as well as a storyteller at Chicago-grown 2nd Story. I remember her mentioning her new book of short stories in class last winter, and I’ve been waiting for it ever since.
“Stielstra—collector, curator and facilitator of so many stories—also writes beautifully and kinetically. Her work possesses a rare aural quality, no doubt the result of spending so much time onstage, or even in front of a classroom.” (TimeOut)