Steve Almond has been stirring the pot for some time. He is the author of ten books of fiction, three of which he published himself. His Author’s Note is modest, but don’t let it fool you. This is one impressive writer. You can read his full bio here but an even better idea is to buy his new collection of stories, God Bless America, which Lorrie Moore calls “funny, beguiling, and completely original.”
We welcome Steve Almond to Fictionaut and are pleased to feature his first published story at Line Breaks.
Right. So here’s “Alteration.” You will notice that it sucks. I can’t figure out who I’m imitating here, though it’s not George Saunders, because I wouldn’t read him for another five years. Probably I’m trying to channel Ignatious J. Riley. The important thing is what the story itself is trying to impart, which is something like: the process of psychological change is mostly about the setbacks. Either that, or it is trying to say, “You, Steve Almond, should not be sending stories out yet.”