Antoine Wilson on the Time He Saved Someone’s Life (and Didn’t Get a Steak Dinner)
From Micro, a Podcast for Short But Powerful Writing
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In this episode of Micro, M.M. Kaufman talks to Antoine Wilson about his new novel, Mouth to Mouth.
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From the episode:
I was messing around with the idea of someone saving somebody’s life in a story form, based on an experience that I’d had in the 90s, where I stopped somebody from inadvertently walking in front of a train. And he was like, “Oh my god, you saved my life. I’m gonna buy you a big steak dinner.” And then the train went by, and he kept walking. So I never got my steak dinner. My friends made fun of me for years.
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Antoine Wilson’s new novel, Mouth to Mouth, recently named one of Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2022, is out from Avid Reader (Simon + Schuster) in the US and Canada, and from Atlantic Books in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Wilson is also the author of the novels The Interloper and Panorama City. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Quarterly West, and Best New American Voices, among other publications. He is a contributing editor at A Public Space.
M.M. Kaufman is a fiction writer based in Georgia. She is a Fulbright Scholar and earned an MFA in the University of New Orleans’ Creative Writing Workshop. She is currently the Managing Editor at Rejection Letters and works on the team for Micro Podcast. Her fiction is published with The Normal School, Hobart, Metonym Journal, Sundog Lit, Daily Drunk Mag, (mac)ro(mic), HAD, Olney Magazine, the Miller Aud-cast, Pine Hills Review, and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter @mm_kaufman and on her website mmkaufman.com.