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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

“A Lot of Writers Write Because They Don’t Want to Die”

posted by on March 11 at 10:08 AM


Dear Leader Christopher Frizzelle was on KUOW yesterday, discussing this story, which concerns Moby Dick, death, and an awkward Christmas-dinner conversation in which his stepmother (newly religious—the worst kind) asked about his higher power.

Interviewer Megan Sukys also digs up a little personal history: How his family got religion (via adultery), how they responded when he came out (it wasn’t pretty), and whether literature, and language, can be a person’s religion.

Listen to the whole thing here.

(Christopher’s interview begins around 43:30—before that, you can listen to a poet with breast cancer [the beginning], trapeze artists in love [14:00], and Nancy Pearl talk about Ender’s Game and a book about health care [34:20].)

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He sure is dreamy.

Posted by Bub | March 11, 2008 12:48 PM


the debate over what can or can not be a religion to someone has always struck me as inordinately bootless.

Posted by bree | March 11, 2008 1:11 PM

and schmader today. i am enjoying this.

Posted by e.bell | March 11, 2008 2:55 PM

obviously the plethora of writers that offed themselves didnt believe that.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | March 11, 2008 7:41 PM

My respect for Frizzelle increased greatly upon hearing this interview. Moby Dick is a better read than either Testament, anyway, even with the long passages on whaling.

For awhile, I joined a Quaker meeting, but then I started reading In Cold Blood and realized my Sunday mornings were better spent at the coffeeshop. Although I remain pacifist and quasi-mystical, I reckon I'll burn in hell with dear Truman discussing why the Inferno is more entertaining than the Paradiso. Until we get bored and go check what's down in the Stranger Cavern.

Posted by Mr Catnip | March 12, 2008 12:56 AM

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