Thanks to Ms. Golda Goldbloom for inviting me to do this.
1) What am I working on?
I am working on a few things — a dissertation on how comedy helps us deal with internal contradictions, focussing on Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Freud and some short stories.
The stories are about:
An explorer in a flat world where there are a potentially endless number of continents to discover, each of which is at a different stage of cultural evolution.
A society in which men and women have been separate for centuries and a man tries to visit the castle of the women.
The last member of an ancient order of experts at consolation.
A man who discovers that his favorite science fiction franchise was an allegory of its creator’s molestation
Two philosophers of probability who meet in the seventeenth century and try to avert the holocaust.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My first book — “Does Santa Exist” is both philosophy and comedy. This may well mean it is too philosophical for fans of comedy and too silly for fans of philosophy.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Depending upon what mood I’m in I either think that I just do it involuntarily, like a snail secreting its shell, or that I am somehow trying to impose some meaningful order on all the conflicting emotions and ideas I have inside me.
4) How does your writing process work?
A lot of ideas kind of keep surfacing in my consciousness and when something impels me to actually write something down I do it as quickly as I can so I don’t lose the inspiration and become too rational about it. Then I go back through and fix things. Unless it is a dramatic sort of thing (t.v. or movie) in which case I plot it out very carefully first — scene by scene.