Roving, virtual interviews

by on Mar.08, 2013

fassbinderAs many readers out there probably know, there is a roving, virtual set of interview questions making its way through blogs and various sites called the Next Big Thing Interviews. One writer tags other writers, who tag others in turn, and the answers go up every Wednesday. (I like the idea of this: a seemingly source-less, ghost-in-the-machine interview process.)

I was recently tagged by Catherine Theis, who posted her answers at the Convulsive Editions blog, and here are the answers I should have posted this past Wednesday.

Question one: What is the working title of the book? The Fassbinder Diaries, coming out this June from Civil Coping Mechanisms. I’m also working on a crime novel called Black Mirror.

Question two: Where did the idea come from for the book? Fassbinder! His films, his camera angles, his use of color, his use of black-and-white, his literary adaptations, his original screenplays, but other films and filmmakers too, Godard, Zhang Ke Jia, Elem Klimov, Pasolini, Jack Smith, Leos Carax, Ivan the Terrible (both parts), Goodbye, Dragon Inn.

Question three: What genre does your book fall under? Film posters of the late Soviet era.

berlinalexanderplatzQuestion four: What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? For The Fassbinder Diaries they’ve already been chosen by Fassbinder himself. Barbara Sukowa plays Mieze, Hanna Schygulla is Eva, and Gunter Lamprecht appears as Franz Biberkopf. But there’s another version too, rumored to have been filmed by Kenneth Anger, where Oliver Hardy plays Franz, John Garfield is Mieze, and Marosa Di Giorgio is Eva.

Question five: What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? “About the Eternities Between the Many and the Few” (title of the 9th episode of Fassbinder and Doblin’s Berlin Alexanderplatz).

Question six: How long did it take you to write the first draft of this manuscript? Answer the same as in question five.

Question seven: Who or what inspired you to write this book? Intense sunlight, heat, the beaches in Chicago, apartments without air-conditioning in July, various deserts in the southwest, the gravel yards of Tucson, the dusty piazzas of Naples, the palm trees growing on balconies in Los Angeles. Also, the great Music Box Theater in Chicago, where I wasted the last of my youth. And: Robbe-Grillet, Aase Berg, Rhys, Teresa of Avila, Para, Soyinka’s The Road, Warhol’s a:A Novel, Patricia Highsmith, the lives of famous film critics.

pierrotQuestion eight: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? I couldn’t think of an answer for this one, so I’ll quote Sam Fuller instead. “A film is like a battleground. It’s love, hate, action, violence, death. In one word: emotion.” From Pierrot le Fou.

Question nine: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Neither, but being published by the very good people of Civil Coping Mechanisms.

1 comment for this entry:
  1. Johannes

    Can I please se Marosa di Giorgio as Eva filmed by Anger!