This week we are celebrating Milkweed Editions’ publication of Fiction on a Stick, an anthology of stories by Minnesota writers, by featuring some of the contributors. Today we’ve got Dominic Saucedo who received a B.A in English from Carleton College and an M.F.A from the University of Minnesota. His fellowships include the SASE/Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Writers, the Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in Literary Arts, and the Winter Fellowship in Writing from the Fine Arts Work Center. He lives in Minneapolis with his lovely wife.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. How did I go so long without reading it?! The man has a joy at the sentence level-it only inspires a dirty envy. And then some of the sentences are inscrutable: “It is Pris’s boof, too,” she said. Quoth V’lu, “Nevermore.” I’m still not sure I know what a “boof” is. Salvatore Scibona’s The End is on the dinning room table. It’s going to read like a dream. I know it.
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who?
Mmmm. Nedra from James Salter’s Light Years. Everyone has a crush on her. And then her daughters, too.
If your favorite author came to Minnesota, who would it be and what bar would you take him/her to?
I’d take Jimmy Baldwin to “Our Kitchen” on 36th. Breakfast. Early in the morning. I know he’d be fuzzy, but I’d get a few pancakes in him and then start with the questions.
What was your first favorite book?
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster-the one with the Jules Feiffer illustrations.
Let’s say Fahrenheit 451 comes to life, which book would you become in order to save it from annihilation?
I’m going to punt on this one!
What is one book you haven’t read but want to read before you die?