Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I am interviewed at the Huffington Post

Lucas Kavner of the Huffington Post interviewed me and you can read the whole thing right here. It was a great conversation, and I swore a bit more than I realized, but I stand by my words. Check it out.


  1. I have to ask--why do you like Moby Dick so much? I hated it and now try to figure out why it is considered a classic through my blog and now I wonder how many blogspots have moby dick in the title!

  2. Brilliant Matt! Enjoyed the interview; what a showcase. Here's to the book.

  3. Hey Matt, that's a tough question to answer thoroughly in the comments section but I'll give it a try. Like you (I think), I bristle at the idea that something should be considered and revered as a classic just because a lot of other people say it is. I tend to reserve that kind of labeling for my own personal headspace rather than try and force it on others. "Moby-Dick" means so much to me for many reasons though. First, it has been an almost constant companion throughout my life, whether it was the film or an abridged version or a graphic novel or the full text. I've read it quite a few times, and at each stage of my life the book revealed more and more to me. I treasure the book so much because, in spite of its thorny and difficult language, its challenging and sometimes maddeningly inconsistent structure, and its long nonfictional asides, I truly believe the book is about everything. Honestly. Nearly everything we humans experience, grapple with, wonder about and struggle toward is in some way addressed in the book.

    But honestly, its not for everyone. Some love it, some hate it. Few are indifferent. I don't make any kind of judgments about a person based on whether or not they like or don't like the book. Some of my closest friends turn green and start tuning out of any conversation where I mention the book.

    But to me, it's everything.

  4. Titus! I owe you an enormous debt of gratitude! Some time ago I received a delightful and very unexpected package from the shores of Scotland and I have yet to address the joy it brought me. Soon, I swear.

    And I have a strange question. Is Scotland warm in the summer months? My only real conception is (probably very inaccurately) based on my childhood recollections of Sir Gawain and other knights charging about the cold and shivery Orkneys, so I've always thought of it as cold.

  5. Golly Matt, you'll have to refresh my memory! I'm pretty sure it'll be the newspaper clipping; can't remember what else.

    Scotland weather is as knotty as Gawain's journey itself. Can be warm, can be hot, but never reliably so. Middle of summer right now, and there's been frost in the Highland glens the last couple of nights. And here in the West of Scotland, it's always wet.


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