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Tuesday Noon with Kim O’Neil and Christine Schutt

March 27 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Stunning. Brilliant. Fiction writers Christine Schutt and Kim O’Neil are true masters of wielding language with crackling precision. Hailed by George Saunders as “a truly gifted writer,” Pulitzer Prize finalist and O. Henry Prize winner Schutt returns in Pure Hollywood to the short-story form that launched her acclaimed career. In 11 captivating tales, she brings us into private worlds of corrupt familial love, intimacy, longing, and danger with the inimitable style poet John Ashbery once described as “pared down but rich, dense, fevered, exactly right and even eerily beautiful.” O’Neil’s debut, Fever Dogs, described as “tightly wound and glimmering with mysterious force,” follows Jean and her Massachusetts family backwards in time from the turn of the 21st century as Jean struggles to invent herself a past. Blurring the line between family lore and fable, these origin stories quake with gorgeous intensity. Schutt and O’Neil visit Scripps to share their latest works and discuss the creative process.

This program is presented in partnership with the Scripps English Department.