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Lindsay Hunter

Episode 53: Lindsay Hunter, Plus Shakespeare Gets A Facelift

October 29, 2015 by karenshimmin

hunterLindsay Hunter, is the co-founder and co-host of the groundbreaking Quickies! reading series, a monthly event that focused on flash fiction. Her first book, Daddy’s, a collection of flash fiction, was published in 2010 by featherproof books, a boutique press in Chicago. Her second collection, DON’T KISS ME, was published by FSG Originals in 2013 and was named one of Amazon’s 10 Best Books of the Year: Short Stories. Her first novel, Ugly Girls, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in November 2014. The Huffington Post called it “a story that hits a note that’s been missing from the chorus of existing feminist literature.” She is hard at work on her next collection and novel.

ugly girls coverLindsay stopped by to read a brand new short story and chat with us about her upcoming conversation with Roxane Gay at the Chicago Humanities Festival. We also talked about the power of teen girls, the perils of “writing like a guy,” and her short-form approach to writing.

In Lindsay’s words:

“I really love sitting down and writing something completely in one sitting… sitting down and in one full breath, you’re telling this little morsel of someone’s life that gives you an indication of their entire life. I had a professor that told me to follow what I found fun, because that’s where the good stuff is, and it’s really fun to sit down and just follow it all the way to the end and be done with it. There’s an immediacy that I really appreciate about that.”

Plus, we get the show started by talking about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s new project to “translate” Shakespeare’s plays. There was been quite a debate since the OSF recently announced that it has commissioned translations of all 39 plays into English that everyone can understand. We weigh in and, more importantly, share some really excellent internet comments.

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