A question for Felicity Drake

Q: Aliens. Are they out there?

A: In a vast universe, surely they are—although maybe in unfamiliar forms, or so far away that we can’t meet them (yet!).

It’s exciting to think that something so consequential is still totally unknown. It’s good to have a little sense of mystery in life.


Felicity Drake’s story “The Dream Diary of Monk Anchin” was
published on Friday, 20 July 2018.

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About Phong Quan

Phong’s parents are from tropical Vietnam, so after they immigrated to the United States of course he was born in Minnesota on April 1st on the last day of a big snow storm—a great April Fool’s joke for everyone involved. Immediately afterwards, his family moved to sunny California where he was raised. Phong eventually became a corporate lawyer, working in New York, Beijing and now Singapore, where he is currently based.


Phong Quan’s story “It Feels Like Déjà Vu” will be
published on Friday, 27 July 2018.

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A question for Thom Connors

Q: Do you make art other than prose? What kind, and how is it different?

A: In what now feels like another lifetime, I was a musician. I was that kid in school who wrote lyrics in class, and read when the teacher was speaking, and for most of my late teens and early twenties, I played shows regularly. In retrospect, it was the lyric writing that I enjoyed the most. That realisation is what pushed me into prose, then flash fiction, then short stories, and novels. While I still compose music and sing along to Taylor Swift in the car, I don’t do shows anymore. But, I don’t really know how to describe the difference between playing in front of a few hundred, or thousand, people and having a story come out. Can they be compared? In terms of writing them, songs are bursts of creativity and emotion. Stores require more planning, and definitely more time.


Thom Connors’ story “The Forest of New People” was
published on Friday, 13 July 2018.

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