Meet Mike Sauve.
To kick off this post, an apology:
We are sorry that we keep trying to put down your name as "Suave." In our defense, you do seem charming, glib, and urbane. Speaking from experience as a man whose name has been written out correctly on the first try by strangers maybe six times since 1994, I know your pain. We sincerely apologize.
Kris "Yes, I am aware that it's normally spelled with a 'ch'" Bone
With that little bit of business out of the way, let's cut to the chase here: Just who is Mike Sauve? What does he write? How many horses does he own? (All the important questions we know you're demanding answers to.)
Having started in writing as a journalist, Mike now lets his artistic sensibilities run wild. He has a remarkably impressive portfolio of both fiction and non-fiction, a huge sampling of which is available on his website, Scorpion of Scofflaw. Let us warn you, though: if you have things written down in your agenda for the afternoon, you may want to delay clicking the link — Mike's writing will suck you in and refuse to let you go (or, at least if it did, you would refuse to leave). In fact, this post would have been up a while ago had this dedicated blogger (normally so impervious to distraction) not stumbled into the cave of wonders that is Mike's "Fiction" tab.
Mike's work has something for everyone: we legitimately guffawed at his Memo: Considering a Face Tattoo, a pitch-perfect bit up on The Feathertale Review's website, and his An Open Letter to the Family Counseling Student Expelled for Lacking Empathy, published on the "Open Letters to People or Entities who are Unlikely to Respond" portion of McSweeneys.net; we find ourselves haunted by his Everything you Can Think of is True, from the 24th issue of M-Brane; and we are both haunted by and guffawing at his piece My New Gang from Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #39.
Mike's remarkable creative range, in both subject matter and imagery, is simply striking. In our interview, he describes his writing as "a reaction to all the rigidly-enforced clarity and simplicity expected of low-level journalists," and we don't doubt that his writing benefits from that instinct — we can't help but wonder, however, if that journalistic foundation is where Mike's incredible ability to corral tangible, solid details in his fictional worlds comes from. Just try reading "Everything you Can Think of is True" without wanting to shower away all the grit from 'the unraveling' afterwards. (We've showered twice, to no avail.)
His website also features samples of his journalism, should you be interested to study the other side of Mike's writing. Certainly a strange experience after his fiction, he writes movie and music reviews, as well as features about diverse subjects like Baptist congregations, or the infamous Comfort Zone. Whatever the subject, whatever the medium, Mike's writing remains fascinating.
Mike was kind enough to answer some questions for us, which we have posted below. And once you've read those, you can check out Mike's website (if, for whatever reason, you haven't already). And then, we'll see you on Sunday. Have a safe and happy Friday/Saturday, all you wild people.
(Oh — for the record, he owns a whopping six horses. And now you know.)
An Interview with Mike Sauve: Call Centres and a Mayorally-issued Smog Alert