This post was written by guest blogger Carrie Frye.
Kings of Infinite Space takes place in Lamar, Texas, Hynes’ “skewed version of Austin.” If you’ve ever been to Austin, you know that Lamar is the name of a long avenue that bisects the city.
Like the hero in Kings of Infinite Space, I used to be a long-term temp in Austin, making 8 bucks an hour. I had moved to the city under the mistaken impression that it would put me in close proximity to Cormac McCarthy (who lived something like eight hours away) and long-haired metal boys (actually, that part was true). I worked for a huge mortgage company, where I got dizzying on the calculator and dizzy from the copier.
I lived with two friends in a cockeyed rental off South Lamar. Around the corner was a storefront that housed a porn shop and Martinez Taxidermy. The window display at the taxidermy shop featured a frozen cougar, some sort of bird of prey, and a beaver.