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With Sean Murphy, author of The Time of New Weather

“Effective Tuesday, all moving playground equipment in the lower forty-eight states must be turbine-equipped to generate electrical power. Merry-go-rounds, swings, and seesaws provide a vast source of unharnessed electricity, according to new EPA director Huxley Alditch. ‘We don’t believe in pointless, empty play,’ Alditch said at an America Show press conference last Friday. ‘We believe in play with a purpose!’”
–From The Time of New Weather

 

Sean Murphy
The Time of New Weather

Hear prize-winning author Sean Murphy on his absurdist novel that recalls 1984, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Dreams. Sean’s hilarious story features a corporate takeover of the United States, human-caused destabilization of time and gravity, a boy who can perform tiny miracles, and a charismatic political activist heroine descended from Thomas Jefferson. In this illuminating conversation, Sean reveals:

  • Why smell, sight, touch, taste, and sound are so important in his writing
  • How he uses the element of surprise to make people laugh
  • Why he loves to write about the absurd
  • How he adds depth to comic fiction
  • How ideas from Franz Kafka and Gabriel García Márquez have influenced him and his work
  • How fiction became fact as he was writing his novel

Sean Murphy is the author of three innovative, darkly comic novels that delve into the realms of the spiritual, the political, and the creative. The Hope Valley Hubcap King (Bantam/Dell, Oct 2002 and 2004), won the Hemingway Award for a First Novel, and was featured on the Book Sense 76 list of recommended books for 2003. The Finished Man (Bantam/Dell, February 2004), is a Gatsbyesque, comic tale of three writers in southern California, enmeshed in a triangle of love and professional envy. It was nominated for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize by Bantam/Dell. His latest novel, The Time of New Weather (Bantam/Dell, Jan 2005), is a satirical dark comedy that imagines what might follow if the American government were acquired in a corporate buyout, and thereafter run as a profit-making entity under the name The America Corporation.

His first book, the nonfiction One Bird, One Stone (Renaissance/St. Martins Press, April 2002) is a chronicle of Zen practice in America, and a collection of western contemporary Zen teaching stories. He was Visiting Writer for UNM Albuquerque for Spring Semester 2005, and teaches writing and literature for the University of New Mexico-Taos. He taught for five years with Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones, and leads writing workshops for a variety of regional and national organizations, including his own Big Sky Writing Workshops.

Interviewees: Sean Murphy
Host: Paula B
Date: August 10, 2005
Running time: 32 minutes
File size: 12 megabytes
Rating: G
Sean Murphy’s Web site: http://www.murphyzen.com

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Purchase Sean Murphy’s books at POWELLS.COM by clicking on the cover images below:

The Time of New Weather


The Hope Valley Hubcap King


The Finished Man

One Bird, One Stone

 

Purchase Sean Murphy’s books at BARNES AND NOBLE by clicking on the cover images or links below:

The Time of New Weather
The Time of New Weather

Hope Valley Hubcap King
Hope Valley Hubcap King

The Finished Man
The Finished Man


One Bird, One Stone: 108 American Zen Stories
One Bird, One Stone: 108 American Zen Stories

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