In this edition of HoCoPoLitSo's "The Writing Life," novelist Carrie Brown talks with short story writer Edith Pearlman, who won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award for her collection Binocular Vision. Pearlman reads from "Inbound," the first story in the collection, about a lost young girl on a family trip to Cambridge: "It's a story of high anxiety," Pearlman says, and admits she has a proclivity to write about adolescent girls, "since I was one," and old people. Pearlman speaks of the influential writers in her life, like Dickens and Chekhov, and about how her past career as a computer programmer connects to the brevity and economy of her short stories. Computer programmers use a precise language: "It was a language with a vocabulary, and each word had its function, and could not be misused and could not be misplaced, and that, I think, is the connection to writing." For more information about the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, visit www.hocopolitso.org. For other programs, visit www.youtube.com/hocopolitso.
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