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Meet Karl Geary
702WI: What book(s) changed your life?
Karl Geary: It was a poem, really just a few lines by Patrick Kavanagh, “Stony Grey Soil.” Common place things elevated through the simplest words.
702WI: What books are currently stacked next to your bed/on your desk/in your pile-to-read?
All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan.
Bluets by Maggie Nelson.
Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin.
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson.
702WI: Who are your favorite writers?
KG: It’s always changing. For Montpelier Parade, both Maeve Brennan and John McGahern loomed large.
702WI: Do you commonly use a word or phrase that is specific to a place you lived/from childhood/from family that you don’t hear often in day-to-day conversation?
KG: The most delicious words from my childhood bubble up to the surface from time to time, but best not used in polite company. However, there was a phase commonly used in Dublin, that I don’t hear anymore, and I just love. It was used as a warm greeting, older people would say it to children. “Me Auld Flower.”
702WI: Were you ever embarrassed about a book you loved?
702WI: Do you have a favorite musician or genre of music?
KG: Not really, I try not to lock in too much, in case I miss something. That said, I’ve never grown tired of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and Charles Mingus. Alright, I like jazz.
702WI: What do you wish you knew more about?
702WI: Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
KG: Mom and Dad.
702WI: Vinyl, cassette, CD or digital? Typewriter, notebook, tablet or computer? Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or none of the above? Sweet or savory?
KG: Vinyl. Notebook. None. Savory.
702WI: What is your most meaningful place?
KG: Probably Dublin. I haven’t lived there for a very long time. But when it comes to work it seems to be where I go. It’s endlessly familiar and comforting and funny. A respect for language that’s both playful and subversive.
702WI: What’s your favorite bookstore?
KG: What’s left? The Strand in NYC, Powell’s in Portland, and The Winding Staircase in Dublin.
702WI: Can you share a favorite line from a creative work (book/play/film/song)?
KG: “Who’s there?” Opening line, Hamlet.
Read about Karl's new book, Montpelier Parade