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Kathleen Alcott


Novelist


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Other Press released 24-year-old Alcott’s first novel this year, The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets, to positive reviews.

How long have you lived in Brooklyn?
We’ll be celebrating our two-year anniversary on January 3, Brooklyn and me; I began in Fort Greene and now I’m in Park Slope. I ended up here thanks to a nonstop flight from San Francisco and a somewhat impulsive approach to terribly important choices. I had just finished writing Alphabets and felt my life needed a new blankness.

Anything about Brooklyn that bugs you?
Sometimes I just want a spice for seasoning meat that wasn’t made with herbs grown by multilingual wizards in a mountain range, and that’s frustrating. 

What’s the most insightful thing anyone’s ever said about what you do?
Um, can I quote the woman who birthed me? My mother said I was using my big heart the right way. There’s sometimes guilt about writing fiction instead of curing diseases, but words like those are a sturdy reminder of why we write.

What’s next for you?
  I’m looking down the final bend of my second novel. It’s a literary octopus.

 

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