Interview with Mark Katzman

Describe your desk
My desk is an amalgam of meaningful clutter. To my right are 12 notebooks with material started (novels, memoir, random jottings) waiting forlornly for their continued existence. Some may make it, others not. I feel bad for them already. To my left a stack of books on Kafka recently checked out from the University of Georgia library. I will read about Kafka all of my life. Is there a more wondrous weirdo? Resting on the base of my lamp are momentous photos of my mother and father and sister, black and white, as well as a drawing my daughter did when she was very young of a girl skating in a humanly impossible posture which is perfect. There are two crystals and a candle. I don't necessarily believe that the crystals provide magical properties, but they sure are lovely. There are two small digital recorders that I use when conducting interviews. Finally, two tiny Chinese fortunes from meals long ago. "Faith is personal, but never private." "Never underestimate the power of the human touch."
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in St. Louis. I love the fact that these fellows were also born there. Chuck Berry, William Burroughs and T.S. Elliot.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at 22 after a transformative experience.
Published 2017-06-24.
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Books by This Author

I Russian Bride
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,760. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literary collections » Letters
True love or complete deception? Herewith 140 emails from Ivana - masseuse in a small hospital in Tair, Russia - to an older American man. Is either who they say they are? (is anybody who they say they are?) "I perish without your love to edge of a planet, Ivana."