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Writing Life No. 14: An Interview with Hélène Mialet

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Image 1: Hélène’s home office.

The pandemic has revealed the fragility of our lives and the vulnerability of our bodies. It has also revealed the importance of fleshy connections that drive our energy, and our fundamental dependence on others, humans and non-humans, without which we couldn’t survive. Hélène Mialet has been exploring such themes in her work, most notably in …

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Writing Life No. 13: An interview with Matthew Wolf-Meyer

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From the bottom left, clockwise: my writing board (which currently has a note from my kids and a note about a future paper to be written), a stack of tax paperwork for 2020, a box of Kind bars, my lamp, a Mark Dancey print based upon a Drexciya album, the video game computer with an early game of Civilization, my
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Writing Life No. 12: An interview with Sienna Craig

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Image 1. Photo of Rauner Special Collections library at Dartmouth College, taken from the perspective of Sienna’s favorite table. Photo by Eli Burakian, 2014.

Sienna Craig is a writer and an academic, whose ideas find expression in a variety of creative genre, such as fiction, poetry, and ethnography. I met Sienna while I was doing a postdoc at Dartmouth College, where …

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Writing Life No. 10: An interview with Sebastjan Vörös

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Figure 1: Sebastjan’s philosophy notebook and writing space in Ljubljana, Slovenia

“Curiously, our letters turned out to be not a mere sum of (theoretically discrete) elements but a new Gestalt, with its own inner pulse, its own existential thickness, its own elusive, yet curiously concrete style which seems to pervade every message that we produce and exchange” (Sebastjan Vörös, …

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Writing Life No. 9: An interview with Danya Fast

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It is 11 am in Vancouver. Danya sits at a desk beside a large window that looks out onto tree tops and electrical wires. Rain pools in the gutters and on sidewalks, and everything is shades of grey and green. In Winnipeg, it is 1 pm. Rob is behind his laptop and surrounded by stacks of papers and books. He …

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Writing Life No. 5: An interview with Robert Desjarlais

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Photo by Robert Desjarlais

“British poet W.H Auden suggested that true poets are those who like ‘hanging around words listening to what they say.”

Desjarlais, 2011, Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chess Board,15.

At the Paris Institute of Advanced Studies, where Robert is currently a research fellow, it is 3:30 p.m. We meet online to discuss how to …