An alphabet of answers to imaginable questions:
B. New York, Cuba, France, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka.
C. A former director of the MFA program at New College on Valencia Street in San Francisco, writer-in-residence at Bard College, and now at the UMass Amherst MFA program.
D. Sea monkeys.
E. Language indeed a virus.
F. Ms., The Village Voice, Guernica, Artweek, The International Literary Quarterly, The Kenyon Review, Terra Nova, The American Voice, New Letters, Conjunctions and elsewhere.
G. A Lannan Fellowship, a Howard Fellowship, a Bard Fiction Prize for Writers Under 40, Whiting research award, a Kafka Award for Best Novel by an American Woman, a Fulbright in Sri Lanka, Northern California Book Award shortlist, and other citations.
H. Books called editorial picks by the New York Times, the L.A. Times, the Electric Review, the Litblog Coop and elsewhere.
I. Overeducated women with a past; autodidact boys, occasionally scarred, often grown into men.
L. Unterzakhn; The Map and the Territory; looking for Tanizaki.
M. Shange, Angelou, Hardy, Faulkner, Morrison, Kundera, Paley, Baldwin, Flaubert, Rushdie, Lorca, Cortazar, Transtromer, Vallejo, Stendhal, Ishiguro, Coetzee, Jackson.
P. Spanish and French, German and Sinhala, Hebrew, some Portuguese and Italian.
Q. One obsessive score for each book.
R. The stress of routine.
S. Loss of the perceiving mind.
Edie Meidav is the author of THE FAR FIELD:A NOVEL OF CEYLON, CRAWL SPACE, and LOLA,CALIFORNIA. Recipient of a Lannan Fellowship, a Howard Fellowship, the Kafka Prize for Best Fiction by an American Woman, the Bard Fiction Prize and other citations, she teaches in the UMass Amherst MFA program.