Sunday, July 1, 2012

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR, NATHAN LARSON

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR OF "THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM," NATHAN LARSON



Hello Joe/Nathan, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview. It is a pleasure to have the chance to get to know more about you and your writing. First tell us about your newest novel and why you decided to write it. 

Howdy. Thanks for the opportunity. Back when I wrote my first novel THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM, I decided it was going to be the first book in a "trilogy", which was pretty arbitrary considering I didn't know if I could even manage one book, it sounded pretentious and funny at the time. Now it appears that I actually have to make good on it lest I be branded a liar. So THE NERVOUS SYSTEM is book 2 of this series, which doesn't mean it sucks and I hated writing it, far from it, I'm having a blast with the jammie and I think I improved on the original recipe. 

Tell us about some of your hobbies, things you like to do in your spare time. 

I write in my "spare" time. Seriously. Beyond my day job (making music for films) and being a dad, I have a razor thin margin of "extra" space in my day. I don't know how I manage it. How does anybody manage it? But as I say it's a pleasure and a privilege. 

What is the one most rewarding thing in your life right now?

My son, everything about him. I won't even start, it's boring for anybody who isn't my wife or I. And secondly: the very fact that I am able to make art that then comes out into the world to be consumed by actual people, this is mind-blowing. 

When reading for pleasure do you tend to stick to the same genre you write or do you like to read other genres as well?

Just finished Peter Sotos' transcriptions of Jamie Gillis's OG "gonzo porn" films, called PURE FILTH, highly recommended and highly depressing (http://www.dangerousminds.net/tag/Pure-Filth). Prior to that a book on the history of the "vocoder" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocoder) called HOW TO WRECK A NICE BEACH. Prior to that I read Christopher Hitchen's memoirs. But seriously I get about 5 pages into anything and I just pass out. Takes me months to get through anything. Except the porn transcripts, those went down quick. 

When was it that you realized writing was what you wanted to do with your life?

Well it's one of several things I want to do with myself. I would always need the other stuff to counterbalance the writing. There's always stuff one can nit-pick, but in all truth I am completely blessed and I do believe am engaged in my bliss, precisely. Living the dream, dawgs! It's good to be me, trust me on that

When can we expect your next book out and can you give us a sneak peek?

That sucker comes out in July, it's more mayhem and craziness from the world I set forth in my first book, with the same protag. People call is "dystopian noir" and that seems like a nice descriptor. It's good fun with lots of violence, a decipherable plot more or less, and (I hope) some social commentary thrown in there. 

Back in your high school career, who was the one teacher you would say made a profound difference in your life, if any?

I had a creative writing teacher named Marcia (and another guy w a beard, I want to say Steve but that's not right) who let me be free. I owe them a lot cos I was a miserable student, but they saw through that and my ridiculous glue-spiked haircut. 

What dreams do you have for future generations that you'd like to share with others?

Oh lord. Are you kidding me? Well just starting with the USA: that corporate/ private money and American politics are severed now and forever. That we can all have health care, housing, and proper education. That we stop this global domination trip. That empathy, logic and science can provide humans with the same kind of kick that religious fanaticism, tribal hive mind shit and nationalism seem to be generating. You mean the big questions like that? There's far too much. Let's stick with saving the polar bear, that's something tangible. 

One off the board question I like to ask, is what are your views as far as 2012, and do you believe in the Mayan Calendar? 

I can't discount any calender, as all are relative to the the culture from which they stem...but if you're talking about either a) the world ending or b) a global shift in consciousness whereupon the citizens of earth come together in wisdom and harmony and, tanned and buff, live forever, smoking spliffs with the one Quetzalcoatl - no, obviously that's not happening exactly. It's fun to read about though and I enjoyed that 2012 book, in the sense that I enjoyed COSMIC TRIGGER when I was 18. 

Finally, do you have any advice you'd like to give to other aspiring authors, also please leave us your links where we can find out more about you.

Sure, the thing is you have to write, you have to keep writing. It's ok if it sucks, it inevitably sucks at first. You can always go back and make it awesome. But you have to create the thing before you start ripping it down. You can jump around, leave holes. It doesn't matter, just do it, no rules. There's this loop that one can fall into that's like "geez my first sentence isn't just legendary", so what, write the fucking book first and then go back and tweak. It's very simple really. 

Another technique (if it could be called that) I employ is to write shit really fast, to stay ahead of your internal censor....cos your internal censor will tell you you're crap, you're fake, you have no business writing anything, that you should give up. The censor is the enemy and if you allow it get to you it's already won. 

My website is www.nathanlarson.net, my Twitter handle is @natoism, my IMDB link is http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0489059/ . 

Thanks again and all warmest regards.

Nathan

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