Words and talking
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Writing project

Every morning on my way to work I write a new short piece of fiction. This is done during a 15-minute window on the bus, and the pieces are almost always improvised from one preliminary idea.

WGN Radio interview with Rick Kogan


I had a great time talking about my book with my former Tribune colleague Rick Kogan on his WGN Radio show “After Hours.” We discussed my days with the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye, the origins of my story collection “This Won’t Take Long: 100 Very Short Stories of Dangerous Relationships, Impaired Presidents, Frustrating Jobs and More,” and I read “Rescue Mission,” the first story in the book, as part of the segment as well.

Click here for a link to our discussion, and hope you enjoy!

Matt Pais