A boy makes a suit out of fur for the first day of high school. An adult softball player is considered “lesbian royalty.” A woman is surgically attached to her dog after a car accident, and attempts to hire a sex-worker in spite of this. At the center of it all is the sex goblin—a feral, somewhat-fictitious creation Cook works with, an amalgamation (and indictment) of shame and abuse. To read Cook is to see the world with all its strange, surreal components, some of which come up in our conversation below. Sex Goblin is now available from Nightboat Books.  —Dante…

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