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Continued: Interview with Ruth Ozeki

  • Article by: LAURIE HERTZEL , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 8, 2014 - 11:32 AM

A: Notes from the research I’m doing. My tea and teapot. Several pairs of reading glasses. Post-it notes. An ink pot and my fountain pen. OK, pens. I have several pens.

Q: Where are you right now? Describe what you see.

A: I’m in New York, in the corner of my apartment, typing at a standing desk, which is an antique drafting table. There’s a monitor on a shelf on the exposed brick wall in front of me, and above it loom four terrifying Mexican masks that I bought in Pátzcuaro, about 20 years ago, when I was there for the Diá de los Muertos celebrations. They help me focus.

Q: What are you reading right now?

A: I’m reading the galleys for Edward St. Aubyn’s new novel, “Lost for Words.” It’s brilliant and hilarious.

Q: What’s been the best place so far to do a reading?

A: Any independent bookstore that has managed to survive is the best place to do a reading.

Q: What authors have inspired you?

A: All of them. The very fact of authors inspires me. To be more specific than that would require far more space and time than we have.

Laurie Hertzel • 612-673-7302



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