Thursday, May 22, 2014

TCR Story of the Month for May: "At the Gravesite" by Martin Lindauer

Author Martin Lindauer
The Committee Room Story of the Month for May is the "At the Gravesite" by Martin Lindauer. In this deftly written short-short story, a seventy-year old man finally pays his first visit to his long-dead father's grave. Lindauer takes a light approach to heavy questions about fathers and sons, cultural identity and classic American upward mobility.

Martin Lindauer has published short fiction, essays, and memoirs in Glasschord Magazine, Long Story Short, New Vilna Review, Oracle, and other journals. A retired professor, he has published widely on psychology and the arts, including Aging, Creativity, and Art (2003); Psyche and the Literary Muses (2009); and The Expressiveness of Perceptual Experience: Physiognomy Reconsidered (2013). Lindauer is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and a graduate of the University of Illinois and The New School. He lives just outside San Francisco with his wife Bonnie and dog Archie.

"At the Gravesite" was published in Tikkun (3 March 2014).

To read "At the Gravesite" click here

TCR Story of the Month highlights an outstanding work of short fiction published online within the preceding twelve months.

TCR Talks with Author Martin Lindauer

Q: How long have you been writing?
A: As a professor of psychology I wrote dozens of research articles, chapters in handbooks, and encyclopedia entries, along with several books. Recuperating from a serious illness some twenty years ago, I started writing fiction as a way to put my mind to rest and after I retired I looked at what I had done and decided to develop it.

Q: What gave you the idea for "At the Gravesite?"
A: Like most of my stories, "At the Gravesite" takes fragments from my life that are memorable, often for unknown reasons, and imaginatively builds upon them to the point where I cannot distinguish between what actually happened and what I imagined. In the case of "Gravesite," the third line in the story (about dates) had echoed in my head for years as something I would like to use until, inexplicably, along with other real (?) fragments from my life, the story grew from there.

Q: Who are some of your favorite authors?
A: I find it hard to name favorites, because there are so many and I'm not good at remembering names of authors and titles. However, the importance of literature in my life is made concrete in an unpublished collection of twenty short stories about reading, readers, and books entitled Bookishness, of which two stories have been published so far: "The Reading List" (in Oracle, 2007) and "The Elderly Bibliophile" (in Ha! A Humor Magazine, 2005).

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