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Interviews | February 28, 2014 0 comments
Siri Hustvedt's latest novel, The Blazing World, is aptly titled; it is a tour de force about a larger-than-life artist, Harriet "Harry" Burden,... Continue »
Myla GoldbergDescribe your latest project.
Wickett's Remedy takes place in two Bostons. The bulk of the story is set in the early part of the twentieth century, in the Boston of Lydia Wickett a South Boston native with bigger aspirations than your average young woman from Southie whose life is irrevocably changed by the 1918 influenza epidemic. The other part of the novel takes place at the other end of the century, in the Boston of QD Soda a struggling soft drink that had its heyday many decades before and whose 75th anniversary becomes an unexpected day of reckoning for QD Soda's current president, Ralph Finnister, as well as for its inventor and founder, Quentin Driscoll. Annotated text, dialogue, newspaper clippings, letters, and corporate documents work together to show how these two stories are really one story about aspiration and the selective nature of both individual and collective memory.
What fictional character would you like to date, and why?
If you could choose any story to live in, what story would that be? Why?
Introduce one other author you think people should read, and suggest a good place to start.
Old author: J. G. Farrell I've only read one book by this guy The Seige of Krishnapur but it's one of the best books I've read in years. The story takes place during the beginning of the end of the British empire in India, which is the sort of topic that generally would send me running in the other direction in fear that it would be stuffy or dull or too edifying, but this book is vibrant, engrossing, hilarious, and a deeply, deeply dark study of human nature.
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
The first time I read that, in Madame Bovary, I had to stop reading and look at the floor for a while in order to recover.
What makes your favorite pair of shoes better than the rest?
Describe the best breakfast of your life.
Aside from other writers, name some artists from whom you draw inspiration and talk a little about their work.
Hieronymus Bosch's paintings are genuinely strange and beautiful and I will never get tired of looking at them.
Max Ernst's inventiveness and fearlessness produced a body of work that can't be pigeonholed, which is something I aspire to.
Aside from the fact that I think Buster Keaton was one of the world's most beautiful men, the movies he made and starred in are silent masterpieces of humor and ingenuity. He was an expert at falling and being knocked around, but also at standing utterly still.