Smoking With Eric Wrisley

Read the Story December 15, 2003

So what’s the most exciting thing to do in Akron?

Akron is known as the Rubber City and is the home of Quaker Oats, the Soapbox Derby & Alcoholics Anonymous. Need I say more?

A bunch of zealots are torching a pile of books. Which books do you risk burns to save?

The Bible, Shakespeare, The Great Gatsby, Trinity by Leon Uris, and the Chilton’s manual for my ’87 Chevy Nova.

What do you think of flash versus other literary forms?

Since I’m easily distracted, I can appreciate short… oh, look, something shiny…

Who would win a steel cage match between Siddhartha and the Dalai Lama?

Don’t let the belly fool you, the Buddha is a lot quicker than you’d think.

Assuming you have an unfinished novel in your drawer, what is it about?

Tales of treason on the high seas. Pirates who time travel from the 1760’s to the 1960’s and back. But since it’s time travel they’re still just in the middle of the ocean. And so the only difference it makes is that occasionally they notice ships without sails, or an airplane. They attribute these “hallucinations” to scurvy, which they attempt to cure in classic pirate fashion – with rum and limes.

About the Author:

Eric Wrisley lives and works on the West Hill of Akron, Ohio - the Jewel of the Midwest. His work has appeared on Uber, Parenthetical note, and Blueswax. His life is a cautionary tale with a parental advisory sticker.

About the Artist:

A native of Ohio, Marty D. Ison lives with his wife transplanted in the sands of the Gulf of Mexico. He studied fine arts at Saint Petersburg College. In addition to the visual arts, he writes poetry, short stories, and novels. See more of Ison's work here.