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Jessica Treat

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in New Brunswick, Canada
August 18



not so much influences but writers I love: JM Coetzee, Kazuo Ishiguro, ...more

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My three short story collections: A Robber in the House, Not a Chance and Meat Eaters & Plant Eaters, published in 1993, 2001 and 2009, are available from Coffee House Press, FC2, and BOA Editions, respectively. Currently I'm working on new fiction and on translating poetry and fiction from Spanish. I was born in Canada but grew up in New England with a year in Spain. During the 80's I lived in Mexico City, then in Brooklyn for five years after that; at present I live in a small town in Berkshires (Mass). I'm interested in language, culture, art, politics, and the natural world.

[Manhattan Bridge seen from an armory in Brooklyn: Manfred Greuner (c)2008]

The wonderful short story writer, blogger and goodreader Carla Sarett asks me some interesting questions in her monthly interview:
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A Robber in the House

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Debbie "DJ" Wilson Hi Jessica, thanks for the add :)

message 451: by Nathalie

Nathalie Hi Jessica

thanks for reminding me of that lovely description of a lovely man I knew in 'He Died With His Eyes Open'. Best

message 450: by Scribble

Scribble Orca Happy New Year, Jessica - all the best for 2014!

message 449: by Jimmy

Jimmy Hi Jessica! How are you? Hope all is well... I started a thread over in my group for people to share their favorite reads of 2013... I'd love to see your list, if you have one:

message 448: by Ben

Ben Miss you. Let's hang out.

message 447: by Jessica

Jessica Happy Birthday, Daphne Du Maurier!!
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me. There was a padlock and a chain upon the gate. I called in my dream to the lodge-keeper, and had no answer, and peering closer through the rusted spokes of the gate I saw that the lodge was uninhabited.

message 446: by Maureen (last edited Mar 02, 2013 06:25PM)

Maureen a much more practical solution than mine, i admit. 'feel free to opt out after conversation is over' mitigates my reluctance into inviting people over to the archive. :P

i've just made a intro post on the fiction files:

would you mind posting it at the completists club?

looking forward to chatting with you about rebecca! and my cousin rachel! my two favourite du mauriers! hurray!


message 445: by Maureen

Maureen the difficulty is that i don't want to insist anybody join the fiction files or the completists if they haven't already joined. i thought about linking to both pages and then making a status update with both links to all the people i've lined up and they could comment on that or one of the two groups? a viral daphne du maurier discussion? what do you think?

message 444: by Maureen

Maureen excellent timing, indeed! and i'm so glad your friend enjoyed it. did you see on my status update that there is a movie? with olivia de havilland and richard burton?i wasn't aware there was a movie. am trying to get access to it -- so far it looks like a 40 dollar DVD or 11 dollars on iTunes to see it... i'm trying to compare everything! i'm out of control! :)

message 443: by Maureen (last edited Feb 22, 2013 08:17AM)

Maureen hi jessica!

just swinging by to tell you that my proposed du maurier comparative reading of rebecca and my cousin rachel is going forward and we are beginning on march 10th (or thereabouts). i posted a status update about it but wasn't sure if you would see it. :)

let me know if you are up to it!



message 442: by Richard

Richard Jessica, thank you for the friend request and for you kind comment about my blog post.

message 441: by Scribble

Scribble Orca Hi Jessica! Wishing you health and success and happy writing/translating in 2013!

message 440: by Maureen

Maureen i've thought it some more and i think it's that philosophy makes murdoch a mystic writer and without it daphne is a gothic one.

there! finally to the point for a change. :)

message 439: by Maureen (last edited Nov 01, 2012 11:29PM)

Maureen hiya jessica! nice to meet you! happy to find somebody i can blather to about my pal daphne. :) a couple of my friends are in the group and suggested i join it when it first started but then i was worried i would be compelled to complete something on a schedule -- i certainly intend to complete du maurier(though i'm still on the fence about the glassblowers) but i don't want anybody suggestion i stick to a deadline. i already have enough of those -- does the power of the completist club compel thee?

anyway, i haven't yet read that bio though i've been meaning to put it on my to-read list... fascinating that she made the murdoch comparison herself -- i'd agree that she has much more of a facility with story-telling because i think she's very versatile, whereas i have never read an iris murdoch novel that didn't end up being dense -- usually including a mental wrestling match of some kind. but i've read less of her because she isn't as consumable. my brain usually needs a break. :P

hello! you'll notice i tend to run on. :)

Traveller Thanks, Jessica re the Du Maurier list- my big problem was not doing the post, but contacting MJ and asking him to stick it at the top for me, since only a moderator can do that. I kept not getting around to explaining the whole spiel to him, so sorry about my... inaction in that regard.

Sketchbook Just viewed the remake of "Brighton Rock." The nicest thing I can is that it's a complete catastrophe ! Thank director Rowan Joffe.

message 436: by Ben

Ben Hi, Jessica. Hope you're well.

Talk soon.

message 435: by Ben

Ben We leave on the 10th. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes. Really looking forward to it!

Books Ring Mah Bell THANK YOU CHAIRY!

I am so very thankful for all the support from the goodreads crew!


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Ben Got your books today. Many thanks! Have already started the the one by Braine.

Have a great weekend!

message 432: by Heidi

Heidi Congratulations on the 777 books, Chairy!

message 431: by Jessica

Jessica I have 777 books.

Seems like such a portentous number.

Am loathe to add another...

message 430: by Ben (last edited Mar 21, 2011 11:25AM)

Ben "This year, all the elements are in place for another memorable YouTube worthy show." Must check for Kai on YouTube. (Once I'm back at home, where YouTube isn't blocked.)

" In the movie they were played by Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine; on Broadway, they were most recently played by Nathan Lane and Faith Prince. At Housatonic, Nathan will be played by Kai Haaland of Lakeville and Adelaide will be brought to life by local theater veteran Ellie Yahn of Sharon."

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Ben You are awesome.

Sketchbook Aaah! There's the good David and the bad David. Double imaging...

message 427: by Ben (last edited Mar 07, 2011 05:16AM)

Ben Have fun at Ithaca!

Books Ring Mah Bell True story! I think the pit bulls come into the dream because... I'll admit, one night when insomnia was rearing its ugly head, I watched a marathon of the show Pit Bulls and Parolees. I got hooked.

And of course, JLE is always on my mind...

Books Ring Mah Bell Last night I had a bizzarro dream with a bunch of Goodreaders in it. I believe we were all at a benefit for pit bulls. Who should come up to me but JLE!!! He said, "Books Ring My Bell! Are you still friends with that writer and would she be open to a tryst?"

So I woke up with a grin.

Also strange: In the dream he was sans porn stache.

message 424: by Ben

Ben Had such a wonderful/fascinating time meeting you face to face. Thanks again for making the drive. Looking forward to the next time.

message 423: by Jimmy

Jimmy It's ok, I forget about a lot of the groups I'm in too.

message 422: by Ben (last edited Jan 06, 2011 11:27AM)

Ben I love it there so much! I hope to be able to call a little after 5. Bad news over here, but hopefully we can still work something out for Sunday.

message 421: by Ben

Ben Have a safe flight! Vicki's Grandfather is hanging in there. Will call soon.

message 420: by JSou

JSou Me too! Thank you for adding me!

message 419: by Joyzi

Joyzi No probs. Nice meeting you too^^

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Joyzi Thanks for accepting^^

message 417: by Scribble

Scribble Orca How could you think you are not special!?!? It is merely the conflation of a series of extraordinary events!

(said a mere tenth of the way along the journey.)

message 416: by Scribble

Scribble Orca Not I, said the fly. Virtually, of course.

Thank you for the friending. Let us continue our rampant over-indulgence unabated.

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Ben Me loves you!

message 414: by Kim

Kim Thanks! It wasn't a mobile. It was stationary... and at MoMA. I have no idea who sculpted it.

I love the Michelle/Montambo channeling!!!!

message 413: by Jessica

Jessica Thanks so much for all your great recommendations! I've actually had the Miranda July book on my shelves for years and have never opened it. I loved her movie and her performance art, plus I think she went to my high school, so I'm not sure why I've never got around to reading it. Thanks for reminding me about her.

The other leads sound good too. I often find it sort of trying to read whole short story books by one author, but I imagine it's edifying and maybe I'll get better at it. Also, it's too hard to review an anthology on here!

message 412: by Jessica

Jessica feeling nostalgic for the days of the red chairs...

message 411: by Kim

Kim you know I think of him often and at the oddest times... he stayed with me for about 4 days way back when--was that april 2008? when he read at my college and visited some classes.
miss him.

I have that poster framed above my fireplace. :)

(I'm being nosy, sorry!

message 410: by Amelia

Amelia I remember that, we saw a video as I recall. He had a great time, I remember that much very well. I was listening to some of his music the other day (The Injured Boys). I miss him too.

message 409: by Amelia

Amelia Thanks Chairy! I WANT that bookshelf! I've had Mau on the brain lately and it has spurred me on to check in with my GR pals.

message 408: by karen

karen thanks, jessica!!

it is nice and rainy here - no august birthday heat wave!!!

message 407: by Kim

Kim Happy Birthday Chairy!!!!!

Miss you!!!

message 406: by karen

karen happy happy happy birrrrrthday!!!

message 405: by Michelle

Michelle Happy birthday, Chairy!

Books Ring Mah Bell HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


message 403: by Matt

Matt Happy Birthday Jessica! Hope you have an awesome day.

(No actual sock monkey's were harmed in the making of this birthday cake.)

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