Oh, here's the embarassing thing. Not anticipating this biography, I have failed to fill my life with any exciting material.
I'm hoping there's still time for improvement.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember it never got finished! This was a weakness of mine until my late twenties -- I could not get past those doldrums reached in the middle of a writing project. I didn't understand that different energy comes into play. It's like love. Beginning a novel is full of excitement, so it takes almost no effort to write. Then, a few chapters in, you reach the duller part, the real test of the relationship. But back to the question. The story would have been about a horse. I was mad for Walter Farley and Marguerite Henry novels. I'm not sure how old I would have been -- younger than nine.
Describe your desk
I'm laughing. I don't have one. I don't have a room of my own. I have a notebook PC, a gift, and I'm grateful for it because my old computer was slowing down. I sit where I can and write.
"Maybe I can’t bear the thought that all this anguished self-examination has been a futile exercise." -Miles Jensen
Bear this quote in mind while reading "In the Future, This Will Not Be Necessary". Miles' repeated doubts about his reactions and perceptions can seem tiresome. Some protagonists are easy to like. Others ....,
But persistence is critical. The novel aims to question the reliability of our minds, how our desire to find patterns and meaning can make us ignore the less attractive possibility, that none might exist.
If my mind were a jury (I swear there are enough voices up there) it would be split on one issue. Miles is vague about what he knows regarding EGnosis beliefs for the first half of the book. Part of me can see this builds some suspense. Part says it felt like being held back by an invisible arm from tasting the thematic meat of the narrative.
But once tasted, the ideas satisfy. And Samael (appropriately self mocking pseudonym, as readers will see) reminded me of Julian Barnes, particularly "The Sense of an Ending". And should you find yourself losing patience with Miles Jensen, ask whether you dislike how it mirrors your own insecurities too closely.