The narrator of Barbara Browning's debut novel, The Correspondence Artist, is having an affair with someone famous, and in order to protect her paramour’s identity, she creates four fictional identities through which to unravel her story. Imagine four flashlights, each a different color, shining inward to the central circle of our story. They combine to create a whitish light — “clever lies which secretly say the truth” — but there are still shades of hue and shadow. Browning offers commentaries on Fame, Gender, and Identity, and how those influence Love. Her deft passion and playfulness coupled with intellectual, psychological, and cultural analysis reminds me of Jeanette Winterson.
I’m sure many of you dream of meeting your favorite author (or musician or movie star). And I’ll bet many of you even dream of there being a spark that leads to a clandestine affair that spans years and continents. Come on, don’t lie to yourself. In fact, rather, INDULGE.
We would like to invite folks to write a mysterious love-letter/email about their fantasy celebrity paramour. Don’t actually name-drop the celebrity (just give hints submersed in the correspondence) and send it to twodollar[at]twodollarradio.com.
We’ll post the submissions on the Two Dollar Radio blog the week of February 21 and invite everyone to guess the celebrity they are addressed to. If your fantasy celebrity is on the scandalous side, we’re able to post your correspondence anonymously as well.