The L Mag Questionnaire for Writer Types: Drew Magary

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09/19/2011 1:48 PM |


Drew Magary writes most famously for Deadspin, along with many other fine sports and general-interest publications. The Postmortal is his first novel, and he’ll talk about it with Will Leitch tonight at BookCourt.

For our readers who may not be familiar with your work, what’s the most accurate thing someone else has said about it?
Oof. Without sounding egotistical? Can I go with “profane”? I think that’s usually the first thing that comes to mind. “WHOA HEY, this guy swears! A LOT! A whole fucking lot!” I get that a lot. Part of the reason I wrote this book and left it fairly light on swearing was because I knew there was a significant portion of the population that doesn’t like seeing “cockwallet” used every other word.

What have you read/watched/listened to/looked at/ate recently that will permanently change our readers’ lives for the better?
My friend told me a while back his favorite book ever was Stephen King’s The Long Walk, so I’m in the middle of reading that and it’s really good. I haven’t gotten to the end yet but I know it’s gonna ruin me.

Whose ghostwritten celebrity tell-all (or novel) would you sprint to the store to buy (along with a copy of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius so that the checkout clerk doesn’t look at you screwy)?
Do they have to be alive? If they have to be alive, I’ll go with the Navy SEAL who killed bin Laden. In fact, that’s pretty much the only one I’d buy.

Have you ever been a Starving Artist, and did it make you brilliant, or just hungry?
I’ve never been starving. I grew up in the suburbs and never wanted for much of anything. But I have been laid off in my time. I have been jobless and had that terrible fear that I was never going to find any work ever again and die in the gutter (NOTE: Did not occur). Even now, though I’m published, I don’t technically have a “job.” I freelance, and that’s always nerve-racking. You always feel like you’re seconds away from the rug being pulled out from under you. So yeah, that can light a fire under your ass sometimes. But I never found it poetic. I just found it motivating, in an unpleasant way, really. I’d rather NOT be desperate.

What would you characterize as an ideal interaction with a reader?
Boy, I dunno. Probably when they take an idea of yours and build off it. Not just saying “This thing you wrote is good,” or “This blows,” but saying, “Well that makes me think X…” They run with it. That’s more rewarding than compliments and insults.

Have you ever written anything that you’d like to take back?
Nope. No regrets.

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