Glen David Gold is best known as the author of Carter Beats the Devil (Hyperion, 2001). He writes in a narrative style, and the book was hailed as a very respectable venture into historical fiction. Gold is also married to Alice Sebold, the author of The Lovely Bones. Finally, he is also an active member of the McSweeney's publishing house, and his short stories have appeared in a number of the issues. BBC interview of Alice Sebold American author of The Lovely Bones and Lucky. ... McSweeneys is a publishing house founded by editor Dave Eggers, author of You Shall Know Our Velocity and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. ...
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It is characteristic of Gold's world view and of his writing that dry humor cushions the somewhat dark reasons for this fascination: "I was convinced that this was what adults did in the middle of the night; important stuff that they couldn't share with kids.
During this period, when Gold was living in an apartment in a sort of 1920s castle in Oakland, Calif., all hidden staircases and over-the-top rococo decor, his father played a key role again, presenting him with a 1926 poster for a magic show put on by the real Carter the Great.
As Gold describes it, that was the kind of writer he was until, in his early 30s, he entered a writers' workshop at the University of California-Irvine and learned that cleverness isn't genius and that everybody could do with some editing.
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