The Questionless Books Interview: Journalist and Public Relations Expert Elana Rabinovitch
Inspired by the Proust Questionnaire, The Questionless Books Interview gets a host of lit-types (authors, editors, publishers, publicists, designers, booksellers, readers, bloggers, journalists, etc.) to finish a bunch of statements about the state of literature and the "future of books".
Elana Rabinovitch's journalism career took her from a small weekly paper in Fort McMurray, Alberta to CBC Television’s The National and The Journal, to the CanWest Queen’s Park bureau, where she covered Ontario politics. In 2000, she opened her own public relations shop: Propaganda Ink. Propaganda Ink is a full service communications and public relations firm, serving the arts and culture industries in Canada as well as running political and business campaigns. Its current client roster includes the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry and the Polaris Prize.
I am... small
I am known to... read occasionally
I do this in... tub, bed, couch, park
I do this because... it takes me out of myself
I do this when I... am awake
The way I do this is... very much the way everyone else does. I think.
At its core, a Writer is... voyeuristic
As opposed to an Author, who is... solipsistic
A Writer is responsible for... nothing
As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for... representing
At its core, Publishing is... a mug’s game
As opposed to Editing, which is... better
A Publisher should always... look before they leap
As opposed to an Editor, who should always... jump in head first
A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is... nowhere near finished
As opposed to a Book that's ready to be ready by others, which is... ready or not
A Manuscript should always... be free of typos
As opposed to a Book, which should always... be readable
At its core, Bookselling is... love’s labour’s lost
As opposed to Book Marketing, which is... amorphous
The smallest unit of narrative is... .
To be a Book a thing must be... felt under your fingertips
The biggest reason to be scared of the future is... troglodytes
The biggest reason to anticipate the future is... new animals
In the future we will all... slow down
At his/her core, a Reader is... looking for transcendence