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What's Ron Currie Jr. reading?

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Ron Currie Jr.

Currie is an American author whose novel God Is Dead won the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award in 2008. His 2009 novel Everything Matters! won an Alex Award from the American Library Association. In his newest, Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, Currie uses a peculiar, yet witty, style in short, rapid chapters on writing, women, self-loathing and grief, all built around the protagonist, who also goes by the name Ron Currie.

What's on your nightstand?

As usual, I have more than one going. I'm reading Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens. His prose is understated and droll in that British way. He found so many things to criticize. Then, I'm also reading Francona: The Red Sox Years by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy has been on the Boston Globe since Jesus was riding dinosaurs. It was interesting that they did this together.

In your new book, your style is unusual, and some passages resemble blogging. Was that your intent?

Not in the least. With my writing style, there are very few outside considerations. I put blinders on and follow my nose.

Would you like to confess who the real-life Emma is in this column?

No. If you're writing fiction, even if you have solid analogues in real life, there's a point at which quite naturally during the process of writing those characters take less resemblance to those who inspire them.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer, can be reached at [email protected]

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