November's Hot Writer: E.C. Messer
My genre: short stories/poetry/fairy tales
My literary influences: "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," Milan Kundera, Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll, Kit Smart, Ernest Hemingway, Jorge Luis Borges, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Bin Ramke, Jesse Ball
My favorite literary quote: “Instead of adopting Rimbaud’s gospel, The time of the assassins has come, young people would do better to remember the phrase Love must be reinvented. The world accepts dangerous experiments in the realm of art because it does not take art seriously; but it condemns them in life.”
~Jean Cocteau, "Le Livre Blanc" (The White Book)
My favorite book of all time: "In Search of Lost Time" by Marcel Proust
I’m currently reading: "The Talented Mr. Ripley" by Patricia Highsmith
My guilty pleasure book: Anything from The New York Review of Books Children's Collection Children’s Collection.
I can’t write without: 1960s/70s French pop
Worst line I ever wrote: (from a play called "The Adrian Story," written during my freshman year at UCLA) “That’s why the sky is falling! Because we broke the fourth wall!” Gratuitous use of exclamation points makes every bad line just a little bit worse.
Brief Bio: E.C. Messer lives in a yurt under the Golden Gate Bridge, but still goes out of her way to buy coffee at the one place in San Francisco that sells Intelligentsia. At The School of the Art Institute of Chicago she learned to embrace plagiarism, reject genre, and that “constraint” works just as well in the classroom as it does in the bedroom. She would like very much to know you.
A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for a number of web sites and print publications. Her debut novel, “Herself When She’s Missing," is forthcoming from Soft Skull, an imprint of Counterpoint Press. She is also a figure model, Spinning instructor and teacher at Chicago’s StoryStudio. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She's kind of looking forward to it actually.
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