I’m Not Bored: A Conversation With Elizabeth Ellen

The first time I met Elizabeth Ellen was in Columbus, Ohio. She made me buy her latest book Person/a: a novel. Later that day we went to a diner with a bunch of people. She made fun of how long it took for me to decide what to order. She tried to predict what I would order. I think her prediction was correct. I ordered a reuben. I think she felt bad, like maybe she thought she’d hurt my feelings. She […]

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Sunday Stories: “Trash Night”

Trash Night by Elizabeth Ellen It was Monday, trash night. I wheeled the garbage bins to the curb. It was the second night I didn’t have to turn on the heat. I carried the mail into the garage. The next day was my birthday. My husband was stopping by to take me to Flint. I wanted to eat lunch at the mall food court with Tanja, play miniature golf in an ice cream shop parking lot, hold puppies at the […]

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Reviewed: Elizabeth Ellen’s Dense, Emotionally Harrowing “Fast Machine”

Fast Machine by Elizabeth Ellen Short Flight/Long Drive; 368 p. The massive collection Fast Machine marks my first introduction to Elizabeth Ellen’s work. Hers is a name I’ve seen before — notably, Mary Miller’s collection Big World earned some comparisons to Ellen’s fiction. And given that Big World fell into the category of books that I felt compelled to distribute among friends of mine come holiday gift-giving time, I was intrigued by the prospect of reading Fast Machine — though […]

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