Jeff VanderMeer: The Wet Asphalt Interview

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This past weekend I interviewed Jeff VanderMeer during his national book tour. He is a writer known for fusing Post-Modern literary sensibilities with fantasy and genre tropes. His most recent books are the fantasy noir Finch and Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st Century Writer.

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The interview has been broken down into four parts.

Note: In this portion of the interview I refer to the "grey caps", a non-human species in the Ambergris books (City of Saints and Madmen, Shriek: An Afterword and Finch), as "a kind of intelligent fungus". VanderMeer told me later this was not exactly right, they are not fungus but some other sort of non-human creatures.