Far From Lost

William Gay gives a rare on-camera interview to The Oxford American

by Margaret Renkl

June 16, 2011 In the June edition of "SoLost," The Oxford American's series of original videos that celebrate the art of getting lost in "the side roads, backrooms, cellars and psyche of the modern South," novelist William Gay, who normally shuns recorded interviews, invited a camera into his Hohenwald cabin, where he proceeded to talk with eloquence about his hometown, his work, and how his repeated playing of a Bob Dylan tune once inspired a girlfriend to walk out: "She dumped me over that song," he explains, deadpan. "But between her and the song, I would've took the song anyway." Click here for a rare glimpse into the world of William Gay.

Click here to read Chapter 16's interview with William Gay, and here to read an excerpt from his forthcoming novel, The Lost Country.

Published Thursday, 16 June 2011