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Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson is the new host and producer of "The Write Question" on Montana Public Radio.

The Bunch Grass Motel

20 hours ago
Mary Beth Gloege

MUSING THE LOG CABIN

 

Some kitchen mornings

through time-warped window glass,

I saw mountain bluebirds

in their luminous coats

flutter and feed from post to post.

 

Living room afternoons

carried the whistles

and yeeps of robins,

harvesting fat earthworms

from fields of swaying grass.

 

Evenings above the cement stoop

held violet-green swallows,

darting swept-back wings

through the rising dark, rife

with star-shine and shadow.

 

Akashic Books

"There are a lot of different kinds of outsiders in Montana. There are a lot of white outsiders who are setting themselves apart, whether by living in compounds, or living off the land, or just living an alternative lifestyle. Montana is certainly a lot more multicultural than it was when I was growing up. . .The choice of having Sid come from Mumbai in particular. . . I mean this is ultimately a story about climate change, about the environment. Maybe it was just  too neat and dramatic of a pairing, but given that he finds himself in the dry, arid, continually burning place, I was just casting about trying to find something that felt like the opposite of that and thinking about the floods that the people of Mumbai had faced, it just kind of sprang unbidden." -- Keir Graff

Fraught With Difficulties is a historical novel about the Lewis and Clark expedition that is solidly grounded in the original journals, which were kept by several members of the mission. Told through the character of Meriwether Lewis, the novel offers a detailed account of the their experiences in which the factual is expanded through created dialogue. 

"They do say women are most at risk of being beat up during the Super Bowl, statistically. So I was just thinking, when are men most dangerous? And it seems—I could put war in there—but when that kind of energy is clustered and then what does the Great Mother of the Animals think of that?" -- Melissa Kwasny

"I was reminded of my wife telling me to make white chicken chili.  'How do I do that?' I said.  'All the ingredients are on the counter.  Do this, this and this.  I’ll be home at 6:00.'  Ok, simple enough. When it was done it tasted like dishwater.  After doing the dishes.  Writing is the same way."  -- Erik Armitage

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