Q Author Brett Josef Grubisic talks Oldness
By Brett Josef Grubisic
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Q: How would you describe Oldness, or the Last Ditch Efforts of Marcus O, in three words?
ebay uk canada goose A: Gee, that tough. Brevity isn my first instinct. How about this: despite oneself. And, without a word limit, what’s it all about? ebay uk canada goose
A: It’s a variety pack of ideas. It’s set in the 2020s and about cultural ‘Siri ization’ or ‘Alexa ization’, where our vocal interfacing with computers has normalized, as has our anxiety about environmental collapse. It’s about becoming older and realizing your social capital has shrunk. And it’s about being well educated but remarkably thin cheap canada goose uk skinned and taking petty revenge over years after you think you’ve buy canada goose jacket overheard a much younger colleague refer to you as pass, a fossil. Plus, it’s about online dating at 65.
Q: What ultimately inspired you to write this book?
A: I finished my PhD at UBC in 2001, and have been wandering corridors there, and teaching classes, of course, since then. In a sense, Oldness is satiric, a kind of workplace comedy, so all I needed to do was select which aspects of Canada Goose Parka my own I’d canada goose uk shop seize on for the novel. As with any place of work, I imagine, the self importance, entitlement and resentment, and grudge holding there can be breathtaking.
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Q: Were there any unexpectedchallengesyou encountered while penning this book?
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Q: When it comes to Marcus, is there something in his character that we can all relate to?
canada goose online shop germany A: Marcus is prone to self pity, knowing less than he thinks he knows, having Canada Goose Online unrealistic expectations, eating a bag of chips for dinner, and being both unkind and ungenerous. These traits are canada goose outlet familiar human ones, I’m fairly sure. canada goose online shop germany
Q: What do you hope people take away from your latest work?
A: Hmm, the literary pleasures of spending time with a difficult, often unlikable man, which is far better than spending time with a flesh and blood difficult, often unlikable man. It’s got some funny bits and some black comedy and it’s written in what I hope is a deeply quirky but accessible style. I hope readers enjoy those, too.
A: I’m filling out a short story collection. But oh so gradually. And there’s Horsetail Camp Infirmary, right now at its infancy. It’s the final novel in my trilogy about River Bend City, which began with The Age of Cities and continued with From Up River And For One Night Only. This one is based on a terminally ill prisoner at a minimum security prison in Mission in the 1980s.