Jesse Ball is the author of several volumes of poetry and two novels: Samedi the Deafness and The Way Through Doors. The L interviewed him earlier this year.
For our readers who may not be familiar with your work, what's the most accurate thing someone else has said about it?
Lianne Habinek wrote Very Accurately about the importance of the Ansilon scenes in Samedi.
What have you read/watched/listened to/looked at/ate recently that will permanently change our readers' lives for the better?
An old favorite that I took with me the other day on the train: The Character of Physical Law. Feynman gave this series of lectures at Cornell and they are wonderful to read. He is brilliant and explains things with a really remarkable clarity.
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)?
Daniel Day Lewis?
Have you ever been a Starving Artist, and did it make you brilliant, or just hungry?
It made me disdainful. But I'm very nice now.
What would you characterize as an ideal interaction with a reader?
I once saw a person reading one of my novels. That was a curious feeling — like seeing a coyote.
Have you ever written anything that you'd like to take back?
No! Well, things that I've said in interviews — definitely.