I got to interview one of my heroes, Madison Smartt Bell
, for the Baltimore Fishbowl
, and will also welcome him next Wednesday, December 11th, to the Ivy Bookshop for a reading from his new collection, Zig Zag Wanderer
. In a time of publishing uncertainty, it's refreshing to see a prominent author like Bell embrace new publishing paradigms, particularly one in which his collection is given away for free
. The publishing industry isn't dead yet, and neither is Bell, although he does have a few thoughts about his tombstone:
Here lies one whose name was writ in water is my favorite epitaph I can remember. Saint Augustine, I think, has something good to say about the indifference of the dead to the opinions of the living. It’s mentioned toward the end of “A Record as Long as Your Arm,” a story by my old friend and teacher, the late George Garrett. If I ever get a tattoo, it will say "être humain." Not sure how that would look on a tombstone, though.
To read more of the interview, go here