Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"one of the least important things about the book"

Mel at The Reading Life has for some reason posted an interview with me here. Mel is a cool guy. As usual, I come across as pushy and arrogant. Now why could that be? No idea, really.

That's all I got. It's raining again. The ospreys are back at the nest on Harbor Island.

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  1. Do not be so hard on yourself about coming across "as pushy and arrogant." We all must remember than the printed word, especially in the blogosphere, does not very well portray a person's tone, attitude, or personality. Keep smiling! Ospreys and rain are worth a smile.

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  2. The thing is, I am alleged to have some sort of above-average linguistic skills, as a writer. Anyway, the poetry-on-sale post was more fun. I love being interviewed because I am exceeding vain, but I am ashamed of my vanity.

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    1. If your worst sin is being vain in interviews, I think you are doing all right. That was a very interesting interview--opinionated people are often good subjects. I find that agree with you in most things, although I must confess that I do indeed get more writing done while living in a Yankee snowdrift and avoiding the great outdoors as much as possible than if still living in the South.

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    2. Vanity is hardly my worst sin.

      I can't imagine living in the South again. I've become acclimated to the North. Last time I was in Georgia, the humidity nearly killed me.

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    3. I am often down South in July and August, and up here it the excruciating winters. I really can't fathom the madness of it. But I do get to Georgia for funerals sometimes, and am always grateful when relatives choose not to die in high summer--although I imagine they feel more like it then.

      Well, I expect you are mortal, so what else could you say?

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  3. This was all by email, right? You didn't go to Manila? Maybe I'll try to interview you when the next book comes out. A creature of my age, all of my question will begin "What is the deal with..."

    I didn't pick up "pushy & arrogant," except when you were asked about Frasier. i could tell that there was a lot packed into that one word answer.

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    1. I was near apoplexy, my fingers trembling above the keyboard as I forced out that "no."

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    2. Well, I pity your child, Daphne. And I pity any good
      Manchester girl that comes here to this vile coffee-
      swilling Sodom and lets it change her like it's changed you.
      Daphne: But I haven't changed! Really, we're not the awful people
      you think we are.
      Frasier: No, the truth is we've been lying to you all night!
      Daphne: Yes!
      Clive: Well, I don't care to be lied to anymore. Goodbye, Daphne,

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    3. That was all meaningless to me because I really have only the vague notion that Frasier is t.v. I could be wrong. Definitely weak on certain corners of pop culture.

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  4. Amateur Reader- I think Manila might come across a bit rough to a Seattle resident, even one that dislikes Frazier!

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    1. You forget that not only is possession of marijuana legal in Seattle, so is the carrying of concealed firearms. At the farmers' market a month or so ago, some guy was packing a 9mm. I assume he was afraid someone would try to boost his organic potatoes or jack his recumbent bike. But Seattle folk are tough, urban folk. Do not mess with us.

      Also, thank you again for the interview. I repeat that you do writers (and readers) a great service with your blog.

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    2. Nice to know you can be stoned and armed, both legal, at the same time.

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    3. That's progressive politics for you!

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  5. I wouldn't have described that as "pushy and arrogant." For one thing, you call yourself an idiot. Above-average linguistic skills are not enough. You have to be a complete pig. You have to refer to yourself as "one." Interview very nice though.

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    1. One likes to occasionally cast one's pearls before the teeming swine and bask in their wide-eyed look of adoring but nonetheless repulsive bewilderment.

      How was that?

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    2. Perhaps "bewildered but nonetheless repulsive adoration" is better.

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    3. Better. "Repulsive adoration" is very pretty.

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  6. I quite enjoyed the interview, Scott! Made me want to read "To The Lighthouse" again, and visit Seattle again, possibly at the same time.

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    1. Well, what's stopping you? Aside from time and money, that is?

      I'm happy to see a release notice for If I Forget You! I will buy a copy!

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