Chekhov Becomes Chekhov (w/ Author Bob Blaisdell)

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Show Notes

This week, Matt and Cameron sit down with author Bob Blaisdell to talk about his new book Chekov Becomes Chekov: The Emergence of a Literary Genius. Bob was a wonderful person to chat with and learn from - and we hope you all take as much away from the conversation as we did.

Bob Blaisdell is Professor of English at the City University of New York’s Kingsborough Community College and also the author of Creating Anna Karenina. He is a reviewer for the the Los Angeles Review of Books, Russian Life magazine, and Tolstoy Studies Journal, and the editor of more than three dozen Dover literature and poetry collections, including a collection of Chekhov's love stories, and the forthcoming Conversations with Karl Ove Knausgaard (University Press of Mississippi).

Major themes: Deadlines, Fake Marriages, and Watermelons

12:01 - “Amateurs wait for inspiration. Professionals just get up and go to work.” from Stephen King’s On Writing

12:10 - Referring to On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

The music used in this episode was “soviet march,” by Toasted Tomatoes. You can find more of their work on Bandcamp and Youtube.