Episode 106 — Thad Ziolkowski

   

Thad Ziolkowski is today’s guest.  He’s the author of the memoir On a Wave (Grove/Atlantic), which was nominated for the 2003 PEN/Martha Albrand Award, and his debut novel, Wichita, is now available from Tonga Books, an imprint of Europa Editions.  He is a Guggenheim fellow and the director of the writing program at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

The New York Times raves

Wichita is a novel about expectations and outcomes, about what is open and what is veiled. Its emotional terrain is touching and vast. Whereas you might begin the book drawn in by its sense of humor, its ending will unhinge you, as if a storm has ripped through you and, like the wind in Rilke’s poem, sucked ‘the world from your senses.’

‘Through the empty branches the sky remains. / It is what you have.’

Monologue topics: bad days, writing, doing something else, misery, the bug, Lorrie Moore, advice, staring at a flashing cursor.