I will be doing a Conversation with her. Here is Wikipedia:
Mary Gaitskill (born November 11, 1954) is an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories (1993, 2006, 2012, 2020), and The O. Henry Prize Stories (1998, 2008). Her books include the short story collection Bad Behavior (1988).
I consider The Mare, Veronica, and Lost Cat (among others) to be some of the best and most insightful American fiction of recent times. She is um…frank, and has held a series of actual jobs in her lifetime, including stripper and sex worker. She was also a teenage runaway.
Mary Gaitskill’s fiction is often called cold, or even brutal, but I have always loved it for nearly opposite reasons: its tender attention to the complexities of human emotion, and the compassion it coaxes from clear-eyed perception.
So what should I ask her?