Job Title: Writer
Best book I’ve read so far this year: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
I will read any book by: George Saunders
Best place to write on a rainy day: Home, wearing pyjamas.
Best place to write on a sunny day: Home, wearing pyjamas. Only in the morning though. Gotta spend those sunny days outside.
A book I know I should read, but haven’t: I don’t feel like I should have read any particular books, but there are many I’ve not read. Also there are so many I’ve started and not finished. Mostly big, heavy books. Infinite Jest and Underworld, both of which I got 100 pages into before deciding I was weak of both mind and body.
A guilty pleasure favourite: I don’t understand guilty reading. If you’re reading and you enjoy it then there’s no guilt involved. I might read books that are terrible, but I still enjoy them for their terribleness, like a nice juicy, horribly written, self-indulgent celebrity biography. Delicious. No read-shaming!
The book I push on all my friends because it is soooooooo good: Sarah Manguso’s Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape. It’s a collection of very short stories, but since she’s also a poet I push it on prose and poetry people. It only comes in a boxed set with two other small books of flash fiction, one by Dave Eggers and the other by Deb Olin Unferth so the whole thing is a win-win-win.
The plot of my first piece of writing: The first piece I remember was a rhyming poem, like a nursery rhyme type of thing. There was a kitten that had a very special cup and people were jumping over it. I was probably working through some heavy stuff with that metaphor. I was in elementary school.
Why I write: I like to make things up.
*Dina’s poetry collection, Coping With Emotions and Otters, was published by Talon Books this year. Dina will be joining us for a Poetry Party on Wed., Nov. 27th. The event is free, but please register here.