Victor LaValle, in conversation with Madeleine Monson-Rosen at Bookslut:
It has always seemed to me that realism attempts to describe what daily life looks like while the fantastic attempts to express what daily life feels like. Getting evicted from your home — I mean genuine court-ordered, City Marshal enforced eviction — can feel like an episode from a piece of Gothic fiction. The reportorial aspects of realism just aren’t going to capture the matter. I can’t fathom how only one type of writing — whether realism, the fantastic, romance, mystery, etc. — can ever summarize life on its own. Using all of it — within the same book, sometimes within the same sentence — seems like the only sensible way to try and capture the whole spectrum of human experience. Plus, it’s a hell of a lot of fun.
I have The Devil in Silver waiting on my Kindle. Looking forward to it.