Thursday, February 3, 2011
Having been deeply moved by "The Wave," Francisco Goldman's Personal History story in this week's issue of The New Yorker, I went on to find this audio recording of an interview conducted with Goldman in The New Yorker offices. Goldman is talking about both the essay and the novel, Say Her Name, that Grove is releasing this April. Both pieces—the essay and the fiction—were inspired by the tragic death of Goldman's young wife. Just why Goldman chose to call the long work a novel and the short piece an essay is hugely instructive, and, I think, honors both his wife and the respective forms. You can find his commentary specific to that matter starting nearly 7:45 minutes into the conversation.