A few of my classmates and I just had lunch with Steven Millhauser, author of awesome books like The Knife-Thrower, In the Penny Arcade, Martin Dressler, and the forthcoming Dangerous Laughter. Things discussed:
Spencer’s The Faerie Queene, and, related to that, Millhauser’s love for vertical lines– stories with attics, basements, and level ground.
Teaching undergrads, and how it’s best to be kind and encouraging.
The wonders of a patron, and, in lieu of that, a one class per 2 semester teaching load at a place like Skidmore, where Millhauser teaches.
The new “realism” of his recent stories, which he has been reading almost like a rapper, which birthed his new rap name, M-House.
He rocks my world. Read him.