Most of his adult life, Gerald Warfield lived in New York City, on the upper west side and in Chelsea. His first job was at the Library and Museum of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. He marched in the first Gay Pride Parade in 1970. After leaving music, he supported himself writing how-to books in finance, and textbooks in music; his formal education was in music theory and composition (UNT and Princeton). He’s an old man now and lives in a small Texas town where he’s very out of place. He was accepted into and survived the Odyssey Writers’ Workshop in 2010. That’s where he really learned to write.
Ian Rennie’s story “Angels at the Border” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 April 2017. Fiction surrounding the technological singularity has always bothered me, even leaving aside the questions that scientists and futurists raise about whether it will actually happen at all. We have this idea that when some form of global digital consciousness happens it will happen everywhere, for everyone. This misses two fundamental things about humanity. The first is that not everyone …
Q: What work of art has been the most inspiring for you?
A: Eragon by Christopher Paolini springs to mind. I read it when I was little and fell in love, and am still so incredibly impressed by the fact that he wrote it as a teen fresh out of high school. Part of the inspiration is good old jealousy. I joke a lot to my friends about how far behind him I slip with each passing year of age. But more than that, I think the book goes to show that you can never be too young, too new, or too inexperienced to make something great if you’re willing to work hard at it.
Patrick Doerksen lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. He wishes that his carbon footprint were smaller and his repertoire of long German compound words were bigger. He is glad a bookish lifestyle furthers both goals.
Juliet Kemp’s story “Scraps” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 7 April 2017. I sew myself, and when I had the idea for this story, I’d just been working on a patchwork quilt. There’s a myth that patchwork quilts were always made from worn clothing and other scraps from dressmaking — undoubtedly sometimes they were, but people have also always bought fabric specifically for making quilts. But when I make scrap quilts (quilts made using …
Q: Can beautiful things be funny?
A: Rarely. Marilyn Monroe was both; Cameron Diaz, and Sandra Bullock have had their moments. Rowan Atkinson is not, by most standards, beautiful, but the laughter and joy he induces in me when I listen to old Not The Nine O’clock News tapes is… beautiful.