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Steinberg, Susan (high-res for media requests)What are you wearing?

A skirt, a shirt, and tights.

 

Do your clothes match?

No.

 

What is Spectacle about?

Plane crashes and guys.

 

What else is it about?

Girls.

 

Are the narrators in Spectacle you?

No.

 

Who are they?

Her.

 

Why do you write fiction?

For revenge.

 

Myers-Briggs?

ENFJ.

 

Are you really an extrovert?

In ways.

 

How many times have you crashed your bike?

One.

 

How many times have you been attacked by bats?

Three.

 

How often do you dream you can fly?

{Silence}

 

What do you want right now?

To be surrounded by trees.

 

What else?

To be sitting by a fire.

 

What else?

To be fed.

 

Do you love me?

I think I can love you.

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Susan Steinberg is the author of the short story collections Hydroplane and The End of Free Love. She was the 2010 United States Artists Ziporyn Fellow in Literature. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Conjunctions, the Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, Boulevard, and the Massachusetts Review, and she is the recipient of the Pushcart Prize. She has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Wurlitzer Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center, Yaddo, and NYU. She has a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She teaches at the University of San Francisco.

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