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The Writing Life

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 For other programs, visit

The Writing Life airs Tuesdays at 11am, 4pm and 7pm, Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm.

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