BULLSHIT ARTIST: STORIES
Year of Publication
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Arts and Sciences
Ms. Hannah Pittard
Those most exalted sources of pride in the Appalachian Mountains—isolation, folk music, art, and medicine, communal ritual, and the inconceivable age of the valleys and smoothed-over hills—carry with them and can themselves become great sources of shame and anguish for those who live there. I have found it in the ways men carry themselves—in my great uncle’s silence about his success as a dancer, in the voices of men I work with bragging about their ability to suffer addiction. There is an ongoing grief in that place that beckons everyone to return and hounds them when they do so.
My writing has always investigated this tension, and I have found myself particularly drawn to the ways people communicate about their pride and their shame—what they hide and what they repeat. They are storytellers and bullshitters. And I see that tension hanging over each of these stories and over all my writing.
Betty Combs Owen Scholarship
McEwen, Michael, "BULLSHIT ARTIST: STORIES" (2021). Theses and Dissertations--English. 133.