Photo by David Sutton
December's Hot Writer: David Tabak
My genre: Transubstantiation Autobiography
My literary influences: Gogol, Kafka, Allen, God, Poe,Chekhov, Sophocles and assorted muses and ghosts.
My favorite literary quote: "Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita." (Nabokov)
Works equally well in Russian, which is absolutely not fair.
My favorite book of all time: Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
I’m currently reading: Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics by Nicholas Wapshott. What can I say? I love an economist grudge match.
My guilty pleasure book: A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara Tuchman. The Black Death and a failed crusade make for one juicy read.
I can’t write without: My fingers
Worst line I ever wrote: Usually the last one.
Born – yes
School – yes
College – yes
Graduate School – some
Work – yes
Wife – yes
Kids – yes
Dog – yes
Cat – yes
Hedgehog – yes
Turtle – no
Existential dread – and how
Lather Rinse Repeat – a collection of cautionary tales now available from your favorite e-book purveyor or davidtabak.com.
David will be reading from "Lather Rinse Repeat" tonight, December 3 at the Hop Leaf at 7 p.m.
A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for sites like Pop Matters and
afterellen.com Her debut novel, “Herself When She’s Missing," was called “poetic and heartrending” by ALA Booklist. Sarah 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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