Awful Interview: Laura Adamczyk

12 Jul

Photo by Chad Simpson

Laura Adamczyk has a handle on where to smash bottles. She has a handle on Abe Lincoln’s beard. She has a handle on keeping the jukebox warm and the dance floor shuffling. She has a handle on reading at the Vouched Presents DOGZPLOT Reading Party next Monday, where you should be as well.

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your day job?

I grew up in a small town about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. Right now I’m entering the second year of my MFA at University of Illinois, so I’m just kind of working my way around the state—Wilmington, Galesburg, Chicago, Champaign. Really into zip codes that start with 6.

When school’s in session I teach, but this summer and next year I’ve got a gig working for Dalkey Archive Press, doing layout and proofreading and such. Sometimes I send out books to reviewers and I get to walk down the big long room of shelves filled with all the Dalkey titles. I often think about how many I could shove into my purse.

I’m always intrigued by creative minds, how they do what they do. Where do you get your ideas? Do you have a Muse?

I get my ideas from life. And movies.

What do you think about the word “soul”?

Soul? I’ve got it. And I’m super bad.

Do you like rap music? Why/why not?

Sure, some, though I don’t really pay much attention to it in general. However, I do like that my Wu-Tang name is Inebriated Assistant—I will both help you get drunk or try to help you while I’m drunk.

Why do you write? Is it to express yourself? To gaze lovingly at your navel? To incite a riot?

I write to gaze lovingly at other people’s expressive, riotous navels.

Writers are supposed to know things and be political and stuff, right? What do you think about the war in Middle East?

Is that still going on? I thought we declared victory like five times already.

Man, I love birds in art and literature. Do you love birds? Stars? The moon?

No, those things sound kind of lame.

Have you ever been to Indianapolis? What’s your impression of Indy, whether you’ve been here or not?

Despite knowing a handful of people who live or have lived there, I’ve never been. My impression is that like birds and moons and stuff, it’s pretty lame. Ft. Wayne is where it’s at!

What would you like to say to people about coming to see you read at the Vouched Presents: DOGZPLOT Literature Party?

I would like to say that regardless of talent, writers, not unlike mediocre street musicians, sometimes deserve a little bit of your pocket change.

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