Take a break, get inspired, and learn a bit more about Nolan Liebert. Here is our twist on an interview.
- A quote that inspires you:
“Technically, our name, to those who speak science, is Homo sapiens — wise person. But we have been described in many other ways. Homo narrans, juridicus, ludens, diaspora: we are storytelling, legal, game-playing, scattered people, too. True but incomplete. That old phrase has the secret. We are all, have always been, will always be, Homo vorago aperientis: person before whom opens a vast & awesome hole.”
― China Miéville, Railsea
- Your writing process described as a song:
- You’re a writer so tell us with your words why you write. But please don’t bore us:
I write to cope, to explore ideas and people I am separate from in real life. There is so much trouble in the world, and I have a hard time dealing with it, on both the macro and the personal level. I want so badly to see the magic that has been covered up or forgotten, or to somehow bring the magic back, a type of balance. I think words can do that.
- What is a recent story or poem you’ve had published elsewhere that we should read?
My grandmother on my mother’s side passed way in January. Prior to that I had written a poem, “bedtime story, age 96“, for her. As it was published after her passing, she never had the opportunity to read it, but I hope that many people do – she was a wonderful woman who gave all of herself to everyone she met. She was someone I aspire to be like.
Nolan Liebert is a distillation of dark matter and foxglove. He lives in the Black Hills with his wife and children. You can look for his experiments in or forthcoming from An Alphabet of Embers, Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry, Liminality, and others. Find him editing Pidgeonholes or on Twitter.
See you next week with another not-so-typical interview.