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Smoking With Otis Brown

Art by Marty D. Ison
Art by Marty D. Ison
Otis, man, you freakin' rock. These characters—so charged! Tell me about these guys.
The two men are based on me and my friend. We have been friends for over twenty-five years.

The Rolling Stones. Still going strong. Talk to us about your favorite Stones song(s) and how they ended up in this story.
I was quite busy during the Seventies, running away from imaginary monsters and didn't listen to the glorious sounds of the Stones until the mid-Eighties, doing what they were not supposed to, and singing songs they are not supposed to sing.

Ever since I read Grover from Sesame Street, I've been fascinated by the monster at the end of the story. What fascination do "monsters" hold for you?
I have been in places where a hundred grown men wanted to marry me. I know monsters personally. At one time or another, we have all been monsters, haven't we?

How did Otis Brown become a writer—and a really brilliant one at that?
Brilliant? I think you must have me confused with someone else.

Paratrooper. Vietnam Marine. College. Writer. Which holds the "hardest" memories?
Even though I wasn't in Vietnam, during the war I served as a
seagoing Marine and a paratrooper, protecting every American's right and freedom to do exactly what he is supposed to do, whether he wants to or not.

Read The Kindness of Strangers.
Issue Ten (September 15, 2005): Capsicum by Anne Marie Jackson «» Donat Bobet's Halloween by Bruce Holland Rogers «» The Arrival by Nathan Leslie «» The Law by Edgar Omar Avilés, translated by Toshiya A. Kamei «» Five Fat Men in a Hot Tub by Jeff Landon «» Hoover by Cally Taylor «» Are You Okay? by Joshua Hampel «» The Kindness of Strangers by Otis Brown «» Mrs. Krishnan by Kuzhali Manickavel «» Crossing the Orinoco by William Reese Hamilton «» The Elements of Summer by Laura Stallard Petza «» Closer to Paul by Patti Jazanoski «» Hawesville, Kentucky by Nance Knauer «» He Stayed for Breakfast by Astrid Schott «» Gardening by Antonios Maltezos «» Outer Space by Tom Saunders «» Blind Love by Robert Bradley «» Arks by Alan Girling «» Chitlins by Bob Arter «» Strange Fruit by Suzanne Lafetra «» Interviews: Anne Marie Jackson «» Bruce Holland Rogers «» Nathan Leslie «» Toshiya A. Kamei «» Jeff Landon «» Cally Taylor «» Joshua Hampel «» Otis Brown «» Kuzhali Manickavel «» William Reese Hamilton «» Laura Stallard Petza «» Patti Jazanoski «» Nance Knauer «» Astrid Schott «» Antonios Maltezos «» Tom Saunders «» Robert Bradley «» Alan Girling «» Bob Arter «» Suzanne Lafetra «» Joseph Young «» Cover Art "The Creation of Time and the Plagiarism of Bosch" by Marty D. Ison «» Letter From the Editor
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