Map of the Interviews in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Tue Mar 10, 2009

Is here. I created this quickly, without checking to see if some other enthusiast had done this before and with more detail.

A couple of things I noted: 1) I cannot find a place called “Drury” in Utah. I’ve pinned it in Salt Lake City. I don’t know if this is deliberate, the name of a place (or airport, though I would have seen that I suspect), or a suburb that’s not showing up on the maps (St. Davids, PA also takes some fiddling to find on google maps for some reason). 2) I seem to recall the interviewer being based on or having some similarities to Wallace’s sister. I don’t know if that would have any geographical relevance here. The New Haven interview (and frequency of I95 corridor in the represented selection) suggests that this may be a student at Yale or some other northeastern university. The academic nature of the questions we infer that she asks along with the title does suggest a student, though this could also be a type of independent art or book project. (She does seem to have a good amount of disposable income.) The feeling I get from the Roswell interview is that this is a man she sat next to on a late flight into the Atlanta airport and whom she went home (or partying) with when she missed her connection.

UPDATE: It seems as if a mailing list has picked this up. Is it the old wallace-l list? I used to subscribe to it and was unable to join when I tried again.

UPDATE #2: I found it, and it was.