A question for Joshua Grasso

Q: Do you use music for inspiration? If so, what do you listen to?

A: I honestly have trouble writing without music, since the right music unlocks the ‘act’ of writing itself. It’s not that I need a soundtrack to my writing (since the music rarely completely matches what I’m trying to convey), but I need a piece that is sympathetic to either the mood I’m in at the time. Often, when I find the right piece of music, it can influence the writing and attach itself to a specific scene or character in unexpected ways. I’m a classical music nut, and have collected it seriously since I was about 17 (I’m in my 40’s now), so I listen to everything from Bach to Mozart to Beethoven to Tchaikovsky to Stravinsky to Shostakovich and beyond. Orchestral music, in particular, seems to complement the act of writing since it’s purely visual and emotional, yet without leading you down a specific alley the way music with words often do. You can put a favorite symphony on repeat and hear different stories each time, which is great, since writing requires you to come up with something new each time!


Joshua Grasso’s story “Bas Relief
in Metaphorosis Friday, 11 November 2022.
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About Joshua Grasso

Joshua Grasso is a professor of English at a small university in Oklahoma, where he teaches classes in British and World Literature, writing, and comics. He holds a PhD from Miami University where he specialized in 18th c. British Literature. When not teaching or writing, he enjoys hanging out with his two boys (one of whom is college bound!), reading everything he can get his hands on, and hunting for old vinyl and cds of classical music.

@JoshuaGrasso


Joshua Grasso’s story “Bas Relief
in Metaphorosis Friday, 11 November 2022.
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November 2022

November 2022

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

All the stories from the month, plus author biographies, interviews, and story origins.

Table of Contents

  • If Gold Runs Red — Gordon Grice
  • Bas Relief — Joshua Grasso
  • An Hour in the City of Lightning — A.D. Guzman
  • Infinite Possibilities III — Michael Gardner

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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