Nestled in the latter third of Patrick Nathan’s debut novel, Some Hell, is an account of the tradition in the Peruvian Andes of tying a condor to a bull. As one might imagine, both animals find themselves vexed by this situation, and rightly so. As Nathan explains, the desired finale is the condor’s pecking the bull to death—the bird’s only means of escape. If successful, the condor is “rewarded” by being force-fed an alcoholic corn beverage and “cut loose in a gesture of fre
There is an inherent beauty in the way that Jamie Mortara writes. The air of vulnerability that permeates their work is genuine and palpable, and it welcomes the open-minded reader. In their second collection with YesYes Books, Good Morning America I am Hungry and On Fire, Mortara guides their audience through the briar patch of recovery, sobriety, love, death, and learning to live again.
I was lucky enough to sit and speak with Mortara, whose career I have been ch