CAITLIN HORROCKS ON “LET’S DECONSTRUCT A STORY”

Life Among the Terranauts

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the first “Let’s Deconstruct a Story” podcast offered in collaboration with the Grosse Pointe Public Library in Michigan. The GPPL has committed to purchasing ten books by each author this season to give to their patrons!

If you are a short story writer who has tried to make money in this game then you know what a big deal this is! My hope is that other libraries will follow the GPPL’s lead and be inspired to buy books by these talented short story writers. I will be contacting many libraries this year to suggest this programming. Please feel free to do the same if you enjoy this podcast.


Our first guest this season is Caitlin Horrocks, author of the story collections Life Among the Terranauts and This Is Not Your City, both New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selections. Her novel The Vexations was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2019 by the Wall Street Journal.

Caitlin was gracious enough to speak with me twice over the past year despite having three kids under the age of three! The first time we talked about her story “Chance Me” at Pages Bookshop in Detroit in front of a Crowdcast audience. This time we discussed “The Oregon Trail,”  a story that delighted and baffled me in equal measure because I missed the central premise.

You will see. It was very very embarrassing! 

First, please read “On the Oregon Trail” by Caitlin Horrocks.

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Also, I kept my annotated copy of “Chance Me” so when you read Life Among the Terranauts please feel free to reach out if you would like to discuss that story as well.

Thanks,

Kelly

 

 

Caitlin Horrocks

Bio: Caitlin Horrocks is the author of the story collections Life Among the Terranauts and This Is Not Your City, both New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selections. Her novel The Vexations was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2019 by the Wall Street Journal. Her stories and essays appear in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, Tin House, and One Story, as well as other journals and anthologies. Her awards include the Plimpton Prize and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the MacDowell Colony. She is on the advisory board of The Kenyon Review, where she formerly served as fiction editor. She teaches at Grand Valley State University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with the writer W. Todd Kaneko and their noisy kids.

Life Among the Terranauts is available at the Grosse Pointe Library (for FREE–your very own copy!!) if you happen to live here, at Bookshop (where the purchase benefits “Let’s Deconstruct a Story”), or on  Amazon.

Kelly Fordon’s books are also available on Bookshop and Amazon and through Wayne State University Press.

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4 thoughts on “CAITLIN HORROCKS ON “LET’S DECONSTRUCT A STORY”

  1. I love “On the Oregon Trail” so much–it’s hysterical if you know the game. The user names as tombstones, all of it. Thanks so much for your wonderful conversation with Horrocks! I haven’t read too many of her short stories–and I need to rectify that, fast–but The Vexations is one of my all-time favorite novels. I mean, you know an author’s funny if she’s going to submit to researching at length nutty Erik Satie! I’ll be checking out more of your podcast, Kelly, and am looking forward to seeing you at Lit Youngstown’s fall festival (I’m on the planning committee–it’s my favorite festival of the year!). Great to “meet” you here.

  2. Great podcast, thanks! I too felt ridiculous for not knowing Oregon Trail is a video game! The Sleep and Murder Games were my personal favorites of the collection. Her words in Murder Games ” The silences that exist inside all stories,” to me describes Caitlin Horrock’s narrative imagery perfectly. I am a fan. Looking forward to your upcoming podcasts.

    • Hi Tudi, Yes, I love those stories too! We try to choose ones that are available online, but I would love to talk about all of them if we could. Thanks for listening and for your comment. Kelly

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