Luke Geddes on Writing with a Sense of Humor
In Conversation with Alex Higley and Lindsay Hunter on I'm a Writer But
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In this episode, Luke Geddes (Heart of Junk) talks to us about his ideal relationship with his fans, how readings can go wrong, the unique way his book found a publisher, kitsch and pop culture, and more!
From the episode:
I get a variation on the comic fiction question that often boils down to, “Why is this funny?” No one is ever like, “I noticed your book is totally humorless. It’s really dead serious. Why did you decide to write a book without any sense of humor at all?” No one ever asks that question. But people ask, “Why did you write a funny book?” I wish they would ask people why their books are not funny, but they don’t.
Luke Geddes holds a PhD in comparative literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. He lives in Milwaukee, WI. He is the author of the novel Heart of Junk, the short story collection I Am a Magical Teenage Princess, and his writing has appeared in Conjunctions, Mid-American Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Washington Square Review, The Comics Journal, Electric Literature, and elsewhere.