I listened to a great author-interview on NPR’s “Here and Now” today. A line I particularly liked (paraphrased): It’s hard to go home to your home in rural Vermont and write about the place where you grew up. One has to be ‘bold’ to move back home, and while living there, write about it. Returning is “complicated.” Rural Vermont embodies a clash between the haves and the have-nots. You find a place where you want to live; then figure out how to make a living.
Interviewed on WBUR/Boston Public Radio, Author Robin MacArthur and her family live on land in Vermont that her grandparents settled in the 1940s. But she often has a love-hate relationship with the state. Read an excerpt from her new collection of short stories “Half Wild.” MacArthur talks to Here & Now’s Eric Westervelt about the book out today, August 2. I purchased the e-book on iBooks.
MacArthur received an MFA in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA from Brown University, and two creation grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.