Why "normal" people make short story writer Alison MacLeod wary

All The Beloved Ghosts , Alison MacLeod’s second collection of short stories is a captivating and intricate interweaving of biography, fiction and memoir that explores themes of ghosts (both historical and familial), loss and love. It follows the novel Unexploded , which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013. In CBC Books’ Magic 8 Q&A , Alison MacLeod answers eight randomly selected questions from eight fellow writers like Madeleine Thien and Gregory Scofield. (Photo: Kate MacLeod) 1. André Alexis asks "Are you conscious of the rhythm that paragraphs have, their length, when you’re writing? Or is that something you work on as a form of sculpture afterwards?" For me, rhythm and meaning are inextricable. I’m fascinated by that relationship on the page. I can’t begin a story or a novel without a close sense of both. The sound of the prose of any story is a score for the voice; it holds the meaning in a way that is both visceral and intangible. It breathes where the storyteller breathes. It resonates after a sentence is finished, like good crystal tapped with a spoon. It can seduce like a spell or deliver stark, monotone truths. Its speed or […]

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