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Chewing the Page: The Mourning Goats Interviews

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This is the first collection of creative writing-related interviews originally posted on Mourning Goats, a website founded by the mysterious Mr Goat. Over a year of mostly anonymous work, the Goat managed to interview some of the most exciting English-language authors around. Edited by Phil Jourdan and the Goat himself, and featuring expanded interviews not available ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published May 16th 2013 by Perfect Edge Books
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Sandy
Dec 21, 2013 Sandy rated it it was amazing
"Chewing the Page: The Mourning Goats Interviews" is a collection of writer interviews edited by Phil Jourdan, originally posted on his blog, Mourning Goats. I assume that it's his blog, since the blog's founder is only listed as "the mysterious Mr Goat". At first I thought the 'literary goat' concept, which is how The Goat is described on the back of the book, was a bit gimmicky, and I still have no idea what it really means, but it doesn't matter because there's some really good stuff here.

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Caleb Ross
May 17, 2013 Caleb Ross rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Far too many author interview books feel so self-involved and seem to serve only the authors themselves. This one is different. Authors talk about writing in a way that downplays their own work in a refreshing way. In fact, the actual interviewer isn't even disclosed (simply referred to as The Goat) which goes a long way to imply the lack of ego involved in the creation of this book.

You've got a lot of great authors being interviewed here including Stephen Graham Jones, Vincent Louis Carrella, R
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Heather
Jul 28, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
“Chewing the Page: The Mourning Goats Interview” is an interesting look into the world of writers. It is a collection of interviews that were first posted on the website called Mourning Goats. As a person who always likes to look behind the scenes, I was drawn to this book. Some of the authors that were interviewed include Michael Kun, Stephen Elliott, and Chelsea Cain. The authors were asked such questions as “what do you think taught you the most in about writing, and why? Education? ...more
Storyteller John Weaver
I won a copy of Chewing the Page via a Goodreads giveaway.

I'd never heard of the Mourning Goats website, and I'd only heard of two of the authors interviewed in this book--and had only read books by one of them--but that didn't mean there wasn't a lot to enjoy within Chewing the Page.

I still found the author interviews very interesting (let me admit here, though, that I skipped over the initial exchange in every interview, the stock question, "what comes to mind when you hear, 'mourning goats.'
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Phil Jourdan is the author of Praise of Motherhood (Zero Books), What Precision, Such Restraint (Perfect Edge) and John Gardner: A Tiny Eulogy (Punctum Books).

He is editor of scifi and fantasy at Angry Robot, and managing editor at Repeater Books.

He is one of the co-founders of the online writing workshop and lit magazine, LitReactor.
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