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Smoking With Kathy Fish

Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette
""Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette"
by Vincent Van Gogh
"I am a clock that winds down." What's your own relationship to that line that describes Daphne, the best freshman center in Terre Haute?
Daphne bears up under enormous pressure but sometimes she gets overwhelmed and simply stops. I'd say that is me too, at times.

"I am my mother's angel." Wow. It gets me every time. What emotional trip did this piece take you on?
Children often try to make up for some unhappiness in a parent's life. The mistake I think is in believing that perfection is the only way. It's a sad and desperate place for a kid to be. I guess the "emotional trip" was knowing that's the kind of kid I was.

Around here, K. Fish, you are a celebrity. What keeps you going with flash fiction? Brilliant piece after brilliant piece. Don't you just get sick and tired of your own greatness?
You're so funny. Who gets tired of their own greatness? That's absurd.

You've been on a prolific flash tear lately. What gives? Do you notice anything happening with your writing as the result of your nonstop flashing?
Okay, I'll go back to being serious now. I'm letting myself write a lot of new material without judging it and that's uncharacteristic of me. I think what's happening is I'm beginning to trust my own voice more. I'm getting stranger, wilder stories out of it. I'm not sure about the quality of the work I'm putting out, but I can say without a doubt I'm having more fun.

Time for the first (and perhaps only) SLQ deserted island questionnaire. One CD. One novel. One flash piece. One movie. One very much alive famous person. One very much alive writer. One SLQ editor with the initials R.B.. Go!
CD: The musical score from the film The Piano by Michael Nyman. I'd love to write a story as haunting and beautiful as that music.

One novel: That's such a tough question but I'll say The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. The prose is very economical. Very flash-like. And I love the character of Quoyle.

One flash piece: There are so many brilliant examples of flash. "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid is one of best and one of my favorites.

One movie: Oh don't make me pick! Okay, I'll say one of my favorites has always been The Wizard of Oz.

Famous person: This is where everyone says the Dalai Lama so yeah, the Dalai Lama. Why not?

Living writer: Joy Williams. I bet she'd be interesting and funny to hang out with.

SLQ editor with initials R.B.: Hmmm, I'll get back to you.

Read Daffodil.
Issue Thirteen (June 15, 2006): A Foreign Woman by Roberta Allen «» Fetichismo by Christopher Battle «» How the Broken Lead the Blind Until They Both Become Something Else Entirely by Matt Bell «» See Odi Naked by Lisa K. Buchanan «» Memory of Sky by Jai Clare «» The Captain by Ron Currie, Jr. «» Bingham by Steve Cushman «» The Table by David Erlewine «» Daffodil by Kathy Fish «» Fishing by Mike Hagemann «» Real Estate by Jennifer A. Howard «» Emily Avenue by Jeff Landon «» Tough Act by Steven J. McDermott «» Cheering by Srdan Papic «» Something Blew by Ellen Parker «» Euclid's Elements by Mary Lynn Reed «» Miracle by Chad Simpson «» Her Lips by Claudia Smith «» Man and Dog by Girija Tropp «» Randomization by Joseph Young «» Interviews: Roberta Allen «» Matt Bell «» Lisa K. Buchanan «» Jai Clare «» Ron Currie, Jr. «» Steve Cushman «» Katrina Denza «» David Erlewine «» Kathy Fish «» Mike Hagemann «» Jennifer A. Howard «» Jeff Landon «» Steven J. McDermott «» Srdan Papic «» Ellen Parker «» Mary Lynn Reed «» Chad Simpson «» Claudia Smith «» Girija Tropp «» Joseph Young «» Cover Art "Despair" by Marty D. Ison «» Letter From the Editor
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