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DIY MFA Episode 156: Interview with Courtney Maum, Author of Touch

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In this episode of DIY MFA, Gabriela Pereira interviews author Courtney Maum about her novel, Touch. Courtney’s novel is a satirical, but moving story, that shines a light on the overuse of electronics in our world and how a shift toward in-person interaction is needed to reboot and preserve our intuition. In this interview, Courtney gives insight into how she crafted a strange, yet believable world, in Touch and how we can preserve our creativity and intuition with a shift toward in-person interaction in our own lives. For  detailed show notes, visit: DIYMFA.com/156 ABOUT DIY MFA Here’s a secret no one ever tells you. The typical MFA (Master of Fine Arts) boils down to one simple formula: Writing + Reading +…

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Loved Jennifer Lawrence in WINTER’S BONE? You love Daniel Woodrell, too.

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Remember the teenage Jennifer Lawrence—pre-Katniss, pre-Hustle—who burst on to the scene in the grittier than gritty Winter’s Bone in 2010? That was thanks in large part to author Daniel Woodrell, who established himself as the voice of the hardscrabble South with the 2006 novel of the same name. Although it was not his first book, and Woodrell has long been admired in the crime fiction community, the public definitely took more notice of him after Lawrence’s portrayal of Ree Dolly earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. The film also earned nods for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for John Hawkes. Woodrell has a superior ear for dialogue and rural argot, and his depiction of…

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