The L Mag Questionnaire for Writer Types: Melissa Broder

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03/08/2012 12:02 PM |


Melissa Broder is the author of two poetry collections, Meat Heart and When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother. She edits La Petite Zine and curates the Polestar Poetry Series at Cakeshop in New York. By day, she is a publicity manager at Penguin. She’ll be reading at the Third Anniversary edition of the Franklin Park Reading Series this coming Monday, March 12, with Shalom Auslander, Adam Wilson and others.

For our readers who may not be familiar with your work, what’s the most accurate thing someone else has said about it?
I think Mark Bibbins said it best: “A little dark, a little damaged, a little deranged…and never short on the titular organ [the heart], which also acts as mouth and mind… some of what’s coming in and out are flashes of light that you can read it by.”

What have you read/watched/listened to/looked at/ate recently that will permanently change our readers’ lives for the better?
Coeur de Lion by Ariana Reines (Fence Books). Forevs.

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)?
Jim Jones.

Have you ever been a Starving Artist, and did it make you brilliant, or just hungry?
I’ve been an artist at starving. I’ve been a girl. I shrank, got cold and wrote too tiny.

What would you characterize as an ideal interaction with a reader?
Making out on darkened street corners.

Have you ever written anything that you’d like to take back?
Yes. My last answer, probably next week.