The Questionless Books Interview: Poet and Journalist Lynn Crosbie
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".
Next up is acclaimed poet, novelist, and journalist Lynn Crosbie. Besides being the author of contraversial books such as 1997's Paul's Case, and 2006's long poem Liar, Crosbie also teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design and has a regular column titled "Pop Rocks" in The Globe and Mail. She has a new book coming next fall.
I am... editing my new book. The libel is viral.
I am known to... not live up to Zach Wells's standards.
I do this in... tasseled slippers.
I do this because... "it feels like hell"
I do this when I... want to destroy matter.
The way I do this is... in the style of Roy Horn, aggravating Montecore.
At its core, a Writer is... shiftless.
As opposed to an Author, who is... shiftlesser.
A Writer is responsible for... his or her ps and qs.
As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for... preserving all known Bigfoot footage.
At its core, Publishing is... the dream.
As opposed to Editing, which is... the dream about plumbing.
A Publisher should always... be hopelessly devoted to you.
As opposed to an Editor, who should... talk in a high, interrogative voice. eg Sentences end with periods?
A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is... What you think.
As opposed to a Book that's ready to be ready by others, which is... what good friends think.
A Manuscript should always... be short and zesty.
As opposed to a Book, which should always... have sexy bits.
At its core, Bookselling is... the porn dream.
As opposed to Book Marketing, which is... clever if puppetry is involved.
The smallest unit of narrative is... heavy breathing.
To be a Book a thing must be... shameless.
The biggest reason to be scared of the future is... How it leaves us behind.
The biggest reason to anticipate the future is... Family in church singing, as decreed in the last will and testament, "Strokin'"
In the future we will all... cannibalize the past.
At his/her core, a Reader is... evasive, curious, lonely, a martial artist.