I just stumbled across Debra Di Blasi‘s wonderful blog Jaded Ibis, exploring the connections between literature and conceptual art. Here is particularly interesting exchange between R.M. Berry and John O’Brien. Berry’s 1998 novel Leonardo’s Horse garnered wide praise, and his Dictionary of Modern Anguish is among the best of FC2’s more recent offerings. O’Brien is the founder of Dalkey Archive Press, and directs the Center for Book Culture. This is a short exchange, but a strong case is made here for the importance of experiment, aesthetics, and tradition in both the writing and publishing of fiction.
10 March 2005
Berry and O’Brien, FC2 and Dalkey