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IFOA: A Conversation Between Danielewski and Foer

It is a little bit strange listening in on a conversation for almost an hour. I kinda feel like I am spying or somewhat deceiving the people I am listening to.

I felt that way during the conversation between Mark Z. Danielewski and Jonathan Safran Foer, two very popular authors who are both enchanting and quite fascinating on their own.

Conversing mainly about Danielewski's latest novel, Only Revolutions, the story of two wayward kids careening across the American mainland - Foer first set the stage of Danieleski's work by conversing with him about his relationship with his father, reading Charlotte's Web as a child, through to his cult-favourite first novel and then to the present.

We were brought into the makings of House of Leaves, a story about the interior space within oneself. Then deeper into Only Revolutions, which Danielewski explains is a meditation about freedom and love, the feelings of getting outside and moving away.

Only Revolutions, Danieleski continues to tell us was inspired by the many kids, or shall I say young adults, he met and spoke with during the tour of the previous novel. It is a project, like his last, attempts to connect morals and values - the ability to imagine and empathize with a person's feelings.

P.S. Although the conversation was interesting and helped me to understand more about both authors, I still felt like I was not invited into their world...but that was okay, I probably wouldn't have anything of value to say anyway.


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