On this Lit Show, Dylan Nice discusses his first collection, Other Kinds.
Set in the spaces between a melancholic Pennsylvania mining town and Midwestern college, the stories in Other Kinds follow a bright but disillusioned young man as he navigates the social codes of his class, fails repeatedly at love, and struggles to communicate with his stoic father and unmotivated brother. By turns nostalgic and solipsistic, each connected story reveals some small truth couched in dirty rust-belt realism.
Diane Williams says: “[Nice’s] voice is startlingly mature and powerful — capable of probing the darkness with a lyricism that illuminates and enlivens the spirit.” His stories and essays have appeared in NOON, Indiana Review, MAKE, Hobart, Brevity, and Quick Fiction. He lives in Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.
Interview by Ben Mauk.
Excerpt: Dylan Nice on the surreal and remote beauty of the Allegheny Mountains, the region’s influence on his work, and what it’s like when Google Maps kills your hometown.