This Is Not a Love Story by Lydia Peele

Fiction for Driving Across America Listen to Lydia Peelle reading “This Is Not a Love Story” in the sixth installment in BOMB’s literary podcast series. Read her interview with Gillian Welch in BOMB 107.

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BOMB’s Fiction for Driving Across America Series

“This Is Not a Love Story” by Lydia Peelle

Read by Lydia Peelle

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Running Time: 26:45

In the sixth installment in BOMB’s Fiction for Driving Across America series, Lydia Peelle reads her short story “This Is Not a Love Story” from her collection Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, out now from Harper Perennial. For more from Lydia, read her interview with Gillian Welch in the Fall 2009 Issue of BOMB here.

Lydia Peelle by Gillian Welch
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Gloss by Leah Dworkin
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I say something about the time and he replies, “I cannot sleep in this lifeless room, I can’t, I can’t. I won’t. You can’t make me.”

Mumbai by Kristen Gleason
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When he could no longer stand her chatter—in France I made myself a dress of leaves stitched together with stems and I wore it by that river, the big one, the sludge, and that’s how I met many interesting boyfriends from the National Geographic Magazine—he left Nancy on the hotel roof with the chef from Mumbai.

Baby, They Call It Vermilion by Annie Dewitt
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The first thing my Godsent said when I came through the door was, “I think I have this damn thing on backwards.”

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BOMB 109, Fall 2009

Featuring interviews with Allen Ruppersberg and Cheryl Donegan, Allora & Calzadilla, Joel Shapiro, Lydia Peelle, Rebecca Solnit, Cherien Dabis, Karole Armitage and Lukas Ligeti, and Thomas Bradshaw.

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