Marsha McSpadden is completing her MFA at the University of Memphis. Currently, she is the senior fiction editor of The Pinch. When she isn’t grading student essays beside the Mississippi or chained to the slush pile, she’s working on her first novel. 
Mar 01 2008
A Conversation with Charles Baxter
This generation takes in more information daily than my parents and grandparents ever had to. With the Internet and the screen culture, we’re all living in a period of data smog. Part of what it means to write a story now involves noticing that environment. I’m really interested in the way people do not pay attention to certain things anymore. People listen much more selectively than they once did. It’s a feature of our time that you see people walking down the sidewalk talking on the phone. That’s amazing! They’re on the phone! These things remain a feature of our lives that our grandparents would never have believed.